Thanks for your letter. Please thank Mauve and his wife for
theirs also; I enjoyed it very much. I am longing to see the
two pictures by Mauve that are destined for the Salon.
Perhaps Gladwell will come back to his old room; he is to
have my place at the gallery.
Are you having gales at The Hague like the ones we are
having here? Do you know that I will first go to Etten, save
for something unforeseen? I think I will leave the
1st April, perhaps even the 31st
Our parents have written me that you also intend to come to
Etten. When do you leave?
I hope to have the opportunity to send you the Longfellow
before your departure; it is perhaps a good book for a
My hour approaches: just three more weeks. Now and then I
have to remind myself, “Be patient and meek.”
Aunt Cornelie has lent me a beautiful book: Kenelm
Chillingly by Bulwer-Lytton. It is full of beauty inside. The
subject? The son of a rich Englishman who does not find
anywhere rest and peace in his life and he tried to find it
among the lower classes. He will end up nevertheless by
returning home, without regretting anything that he has
And now à Dieu, a pleasant journey (enjoy yourself
and see many beautiful things) if you leave before my next
Your loving brother, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 15 March 1876 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 056.
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