Paris, 5 June 1890
My dear Vincent,
I cannot tell you how happy we are because you could write
us that you continue in good health, and that your stay at
Auvers has had rather a good influence on your condition. Dr.
Gachet came to see me yesterday, but unfortunately there were
customers, which prevented me from talking with him very much,
but at any rate he told me that he thought you entirely
recovered, and that he did not see any reason for a return of
your malady. He invited us to visit him next Sunday, when you
will also be there.
We should be damned glad to do it, but it is not possible
all the same for Jo to make a definite promise. On Whitsunday
we went to St. Cloud, where we had that terrible cloudburst,
which must have reached your part of the country too. Without
actually catching cold the little one has been quite upset ever
since, probably by the crowd we had to struggle though. Will
you be so kind as to go to Dr. Gachet and tell him that, if the
weather is fine, we shall accept his invitation with great
pleasure, but that we cannot absolutely promise it, and that,
if we should come, we should like to be home again in the
evening. There is a train at 5:58 which we might take. In the
morning we could go by the 10:25 train, which arrives at
Chaponval at 11:26. The doctor told us to get off the train
there, and that he wanted to come get us.
My dear fellow, I had to let this letter go for a while, and
now I must finish it in a hurry. The exhibition gives me a lot
of work, but also satisfaction.
Guillaumin has placed at your disposal a magnificent picture
which he had at Tangui's, a Sunset. It will show to great
advantage in your studio.
Gausson will make an exchange with you, anything you would
like to have from him as against anything you would like to
give him. I told him he must go with me someday to see you at
home. Aurier will come too one of these days. He is delighted
with your picture, and will come with me on a Sunday to look
Now I must say goodbye. In any case I should come myself at
the appointed hour. Kindest regards from Jo, and a smile from
the little one.
Don't tire yourself, and take care of your health; kind
regards to the doctor. Did your things arrive?
See Vincent's letter 637.
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Vincent van Gogh. Written 5 June 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number T36.
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