My dear Mr. Ginoux,
I should certainly have preferred to call on you in person
to inquire after your patient's health, as I had hoped to be
able to go and see you again one of these days. I am obliged to
write you for news.
Please do not fail to let me know how she is, for I should
be uneasy if I did not receive your news by return mail.
Only the other day I had a letter from Mr. Paul [Gauguin],
and it is possible that I shall go and see him soon, for I am
longing to make the acquaintance of my brother's little boy,
who was born a short time ago, safe and sound fortunately. So
for myself I am quite glad that all goes well with me,
especially as my work is not progressing too badly, and because
there have been articles on my pictures published
simultaneously in Belgium and in Paris, where I had them
exhibited, in which they speak far better of them than I myself
could have wished.
I am expecting a visit from a Marseilles painter one of
these days, which is another reason why I don't know exactly
when I shall be able to go and see you; as for myself, the
latest attack has now passed off, and I am again working as
Anyway, I hope you will not leave me pining for an answer.
All the best to you and Mrs. Ginoux, and my good wishes for her
A handshake for you two and for my other friends, and
Sincerely yours, Vincent v. Gogh
At this time, Vincent was 36 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Ginoux. Written early February 1890 in Saint-Rémy. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number .
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