Thanks for the letter which I received yesterday; having
some spare time, I answer it today.
I remembered that when we were at the Van der Hoop museum we
spoke about the book by Burger, so I am sending it to you by
post. You will find in it another wood engraving after
Doré, Judith and Holophernes, and one after Brion for
your collection. Keep up your collection, and you will have a
fine one in time.
Thanks for your last letter. “It is not over
yet,” you say. No, it could not be over yet. Your heart
will feel the need for confidence in itself and for unburdening
itself - you will be hesitating between two roads: she or my
father. As far as I am concerned, I believe that Father loves
you more than she does - that his love is more valuable; it is
The child puts his faith in his father,
The father is worthy of faith,
For who is nearer than the father,
In the kingdom of God or on Earth.
Do go there, whenever it becomes too much for you.
This week I received a letter from Uncle Vincent, who wrote
that he did not think that carrying on the correspondence
served any purpose, because in this case he could not be of any
assistance to me at all…There was also a letter from Mr.
Gladwell about Harry, who must have suffered agonies and have
been sorely tried to have acted as he did.
Today Mr. Görlitz went to Etten to speak to Father
about the teaching vacancy at De Leur 1. I hope with
all my heart he will get it. I went to morning service today;
the sermon was very beautiful, about Jesus appearing to his
disciples at the sea of Tiberias (John 21).
Enclosed are a few poems by Uhland which struck me.
Write to me soon, my boy; kind regards to Roos, a handshake
Your loving brother, Vincent
Enclosed are some flowers Görlitz brought from
Little village near Etten.
At this time, Vincent was 23 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written late March 1877 in Dordrecht. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 090.
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