My dear friends Ginoux,
I will reply to Mrs. Ginoux's letter without delay, to tell
you that I am happy to have heard from you; I am very sorry to
hear that Mr. Ginoux was injured and suffered much pain. I
urgently request you to let somebody else pack my things, so
that he need not wear himself out with it; I shall be pleased
to pay you back all the expenses that you may incur, but I
insist upon his not exerting himself too much lest the wound
burst open again. In this way, however, I count on your sending
the things off on Saturday, for I am anxiously awaiting
Yes, I too was very sorry that I could not return to Arles
to say goodbye to you all, for you know well that I had become
attached to the people and things of your town with a sincere
This gentleman knows a good deal about painting, and he
greatly likes mine; he encourages me very much, and two or
three times a week he comes and visits me for a few hours to
see what I am doing.
Twice they have written articles on my pictures. Once in a
Paris newspaper, and the other time in a newspaper in Brussels,
where I had an exhibition, and now, a very short time ago,
there was an article in a paper of my native country, Holland,
and the consequence was that many people went to look at my
pictures. And this is not the end.
But still I often think of you all, one cannot do what one
wants in life. The more you feel attached to a spot, the more
ruthlessly you are compelled to leave it, but the memories
remain, and one remembers - as in a looking glass, darkly -
one's absent friends.
Here is the address:
Vincent van Gogh,
chez Ravoux, Place de la Mairie,
In this way there can be no mistakes. And I thank you in
advance for your trouble, and mind that Ginoux hires a man to
do the packing, and does not exert himself; I shall repay your
Wishing you good health and complete recovery,
Cordially yours, Vincent van Gogh
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Ginoux. Written c. 12 June 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number .
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