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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Etten, c. 4 April 1876

Dear Theo,

Yesterday I went with Father to Brussels; we found Uncle Hein in a very sad state. On the train Father and I spoke much about pictures, including the Rembrandts at the Louvre and the portrait of “Burgomaster Six” and particularly about Michel.

Wouldn't there be a chance for Father to see that book about Michel? If the opportunity arises, don't forget it.

I am very happy to have the chance to see you before I leave, and Liesbeth too.

As you know, Ramsgate is a little town by the sea. I saw somewhere that there were 12,000 inhabitants, but I don't know any more about it.

And now till Saturday, a good journey to you. Always

Your loving brother, Vincent

Gladwell saw me off at the station last Friday night. On my birthday he came at half-past six in the morning and brought me a beautiful etching after Chauvel, an autumn landscape with a herd of sheep on a sandy road.

At this time, Vincent was 23 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written c. 4 April 1876 in Etten. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 059.

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