My dear Mr. Ginoux,
This is to ask you to be so kind as to send my two beds,
which are still with you, by goods train.
I think it will be wise to empty the pallets, for buying new
straw will not be more expensive than the money paid for
The rest of the furniture, goodness yes, there is the
mirror, for instance, which I should like to have. Will you
kindly paste strips of paper across the glass to prevent its
breaking? - but the two chests of drawers, the chairs, tables,
you may keep for your trouble, and if there are extra expenses,
please let me know.
But I am going to return to the North, and so, my dear
friends, I vigorously shake your hands in thought, as well as
the hands of the neighbors, and believe me when I say that over
there I shall often think of you all, for what Mrs. Ginoux said
is true - if you are friends, you are friends for a long time.
If you should happen to see the Roulins, you will surely not
forget to remember me to them.
So I stop for now, hoping that Mrs. Ginoux has quite
recovered from her indisposition, and with another handshake, I
Sincerely yours, Vincent
Please send the beds to:
Monsieur V. van Gogh, Paris
By goods train, to be called for at the station
I do not intend to stay in Paris longer than a fortnight at
the most, after that I am going to work in the country, so
kindly take care to add to the address:
To be called for at the station.
Otherwise, if you want to write to me, my address in Paris
is: 19, Boulevard Montmartre -(c/o) Maison Boussod &
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Ginoux. Written 11 or 12 May 1890 in Saint-Rémy. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number .
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