I have not again written to you since we saw each other.
Meanwhile something happened to me that was not entirely
When I saw Mr. Boussod again, I asked him His Excellence if
he approved of my being employed in the house for another year,
and told His Excellence that I hoped that he had nothing
serious to reproach me with?
But, alas, it was the case, and His Excellence has forced
me, as it were, to say that I would leave on 1st.
April, after having thanked the gentlemen for all that I might
have learned with them.
When the apple is ripe, a soft breeze will make it fall from
the tree, and such was the case here. I have probably done
things that in a certain sense have been very wrong, this is
why I have never made a big thing to answer back.
Oblige me by showing this to Mr. Tersteeg, His Excellence
may know what has happened, but I believe that it is better if
you do not tell it to anyone else; and to act as if nothing has
happened. Write to me soon and believe me
Your loving brother, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 10 January 1876 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 050.
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