Paris, 31 January 1890
My dear Vincent,
This is the only cloud in
the sky of our happiness, for, my dear brother, the bad moment
for Jo is past. She has brought into the world a beautiful boy,
who cries a good deal, but who looks healthy. My poor little
wife suffered a lot, because the waters came too soon, but
fortunately we had an excellent doctor, who had extraordinary
patience, for anyone else in his place would certainly have
used forceps. Jo is very well, and has not had any fever, but
it might come on yet. The child has started crying already.
How happy I should be if after some time, when Jo has
recovered, you could come to see her and our little fellow. As
we told you at the time, we are going to name him after you,
and I devoutly hope that he will be able to be as persevering
and as courageous as you. Please write to me as soon as you can
to tell me how you are, and whether there have been occurrences
which may have provoked the new crisis.
We speak of you frequently and we think of you still more
frequently. I hope with all my heart that you will get better
in the near future.
Be of good heart!
Sincerely yours, Theo
At this time, Vincent was 36 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Vincent van Gogh. Written 31 January 1890 in Saint-Rémy. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number T27.
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