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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(12 September 1875)
... Wings to fly above the grave and death!] That is what we want, and I am beginning to understand that we can get them. Don't you think Father has them? And you know how he got them? By prayer and the fruit of prayer - patience and faith - and from the Bible that was a light on his path and a lamp ahead of his feet. This morning I heard a beautiful sermon on the theme: Forget what is behind you; the preacher said for example: Have more hope than memories; what there has been seriousness and blessed in your past life is not lost; wait no longer therefore, you will find it elsewhere, but advance … All these things have become new in Jesus Christ. Keep heart and believe me, Your loving brother, Vincent If it was true that youth and adolescence are only vanity - of course, if one takes into account what is written above and if one dreams that a well employed youth is a treasure, although he breaks off and resumes later, we would have to strive and hope...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(January 1876)
... it knows already where to find it. I have been reading the ads in the English newspapers, and I have already answered some of them. Let us hope for success. Kind regards to Roos and others if they ask about me, and write soon. À Dieu. Tell me if Mr. Tersteeg mentions me to you; give him my kindest regards whenever I write to you. Always Your loving brother, Vincent ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(2 February 1876)
... in time, but send it as soon as you can. Till now I have had no replies to the letters I have written in response to advertisements, nor have I heard from Uncle Vincent. I wrote to Mr. Obach, asking if he would give references if required, and he answered me with a very kind note. Well, boy, what can I do but continue on my way quietly, looking to Him whom we think of when we say, “Who will show us the right path?” À Dieu, kind regards to our friends, always Your loving brother, Vincent ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(7 February 1876)
... 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 ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(c. 4 April 1876)
... Dear Theo, On the morning before I left Paris, I received a letter from a schoolmaster in Ramsgate. He proposed that I go there for a month (without salary). At the end of that time he will decide whether I am fit for the position. You can imagine how happy I am to have found something! I will have in any event board and lodging free. 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...

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