Paris, 2 June 1890
My dear Vincent,
I was kept very busy last week by that Raffaelli exhibition;
we stayed open as late as ten o'clock at night. If it hadn't
been for that I should have answered your last letter sooner. I
hope you will like the country, and that the boardinghouse is a
good one. 1
At Mother Siron's at Barbizon one paid 5 francs, and 4.50
francs if one stayed for any length of time, and it was
excellent. When I was at Auvers I dined with my friend Martin
at an inn in the low-lying plain. I think there was first the
Oise, and then fields and the highroad, and at the side of this
road there was the inn. One dined there very well at the time,
and it was not expensive. At some time or other I shall have to
go there, and I shall be pleased to lend a willing ear to your
proposal to come with Jo and the little one, for I am feeling
rather exhausted, and the country will do me good. But we shall
also have to go see Mother and Jo's parents. If I could get a
vacation of three weeks or thereabouts, we should first go to
you and after that to Holland. This will probably be in the
beginning of August. It would be a good thing for all us to be
in the country for a while. What you write me about Dr. Gachet
interests me a good deal. I hope you will become friends.
I should like very much to have a friend who is a doctor,
for one wishes to know at any given moment, especially on
account of the little one, the cause of those fits of
depression and indisposition. Fortunately he is quite well, but
precisely eight days ago we went to St. Cloud, and there we
were overtaken by a cloudburst such as I have never seen. The
café where we took refuge was flooded; there was a
foot of water. This and the hurry of jostling at night to catch
the train made us uneasy, but all he had was a severe cold in
the head, and Jo had nothing wrong with her, though her milk
might have been spoiled - this may be caused by wet feet.
A package from St. Rémy which I had sent you
came back here. Dr. Peyron advised me of it, and inquired after
you. If you were here the little one would stir you up gently.
How free a baby's smile is from all preoccupation.
A cordial handshake and kindest regards from Jo and the
See Vincent's letter 635.
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Vincent van Gogh. Written 2 June 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number T35.
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