Letter T41 1
Paris, 14 July 1890
My dear brother,
We are very happy that you are not as much under the impression
of the unsettled business questions as you were when
you were here. Indeed, the danger is really not as serious as you
believed. If only we can continue in good health, which will
allow us to undertake what is growing little by little into a
necessity in our minds, all will go well. Disappointments? -
certainly, but we are no beginners, and we are like wagoners
who by all the efforts of their horses almost reach
the top of the hill, do an about-turn, and then, often with one
more push, manage to gain the summit. If only we could always keep
this in mind.
Today we are finishing the packing of our trunks to
leave for Leyden tomorrow morning 2. From there I
shall go to Mesdag on Wednesday to speak with him about Corot,
and then to Antwerp with a picture by Diaz. Although the
eight days are past now, those gentlemen have not said a word
about what they intend to do with me.
Dries, on the contrary, has shown himself to be very cowardly and
really under his wife's domination. He freely confessed that everything
I had offered him was in order to attract him to the apartment below us,
so that we could have his wife as some sort of maid. I do not believe that this
came from him. However, I didn't think that his wife was as crazy as that. This is
the second time that he has withdrawn at a decisive moment, and yet you were
here when we spoke about it and he answered me that I could definitely count on him.
I really don't understand him at all, and blame his hesitancy on his wife. That is his problem.
Enclosed you are receiving 50 francs. If I should have the
good fortune to do business during my trip, it would make
things still easier for me. Goodbye, old fellow; I shall
probably be back after eight days.
Kindest regards from Jo, and believe me your loving
This is Theo's last letter to Vincent [Jo's note, but
See Vincent's letter 650.
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Vincent van Gogh. Written 14 July 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number T41.
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