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Congratulations to you on Father's birthday. That was a
beautiful text from you on the 8th February:
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do
We ignore what is ahead for our father and for us, but we
can leave that to Him whose name is “Our Father”
and “I am that I am”.
Today, I received a reply from one of my letters; they asked
if I am capable of teaching French, German and drawing, and
also asked for my photograph. I answered today; as soon as I
hear from them again, I will let you know.
Thanks for the little book by Andersen, I am glad to have
it. It is to be read aloud to a Dutchman, a fellow employee
whom I have seen much of lately.
Yesterday, I went to an Anglican church; I was very happy to
assist again in an Anglican service, it is very simple and very
beautiful. The sermon was on the theme of “The Lord is my
Shepherd, I shall not want.”
Many thanks again for the book by Andersen, a handshake and
compliments to Roos. I heard from home that Mr. Tersteeg has
been at Etten. Ever yours, in haste,
Your loving brother, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 7 February 1876 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 054.
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