[Letter written by Signac to Theo]
Dear Mr. Van Gogh,
Yesterday afternoon and again this morning we went
for a walk together. He took me along to see his pictures, many
of which are very good, and all of which are very curious.
He is quite willing to keep him all the time that would be
necessary. He thinks that all the expenses of his stay in the
hospital will have to be defrayed by the municipality, because
it was at the administration's demand that he was kept in the
At any rate, if he does not go back to Paris, which in Mr.
Rey's opinion would be preferable, it would be necessary for
him to move to another house, as his neighbours are hostile to
him. This is also what your brother desires, for at the
earliest possible date he wants to leave this asylum, where
after all he must necessarily suffer under the continual
surveillance, which often has to be of a petty nature.
There is only one thing
he wishes - to be able to work in tranquillity. So do your best
to grant him this happiness. How dismal the life he is living
must be for him.
I shake your hand cordially, dear Mr. Van Gogh.
Letters to be called for at Cassis.
At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 26 March 1889 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number .
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