Yesterday a box was sent to The Hague, in which I enclosed a
photograph of a picture by J. Maris and also, as I promised,
“Der Wirthin Töchterlein.” I hope you will put
them both up in your room. In the same box is a photograph of a
picture by Thijs Maris, for Mr. Tersteeg. Schüller in
Paris sent me six copies of both, which I needed for presents;
I have none to spare of the Thijs Maris.
Anna and I arrived safely in London and hope we shall find
something for her here. I do not say it will be easy, but every
day she is here she learns something, and at all events I think
there is more chance for her to find something here than in
Holland. I find everything again as
beautiful as when I saw it the first time. Good luck to you,
boy, and give my compliments to the Rooses, Haanebeeks and
Carbentuses when you see them. I am learning to swim.
Write to me whether you have already read in Michelet
1 and what you think about it. To me that book was a
revelation. À Dieu.
L'Amour by Michelet.
At this time, Vincent was 21 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 21 July 1874 in London. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 019.
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