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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(6-8 May 1876)
... it at The Hague and Scheveningen. Do you go to see Uncle Cor now and then? Sometimes I have such a longing to see him, I wrote to him yesterday. Tell Mr. Tersteeg something about the school here. Honestly, I have had some happy hours here, yet I don't have plain and complete confidence in this happiness, in this peace. The one may be the result of the other. Man rarely declares that he is satisfied; as soon as he finds that that it goes too well, the sooner he thinks that it will not go well enough. But this is in parenthesis; we must not talk about it, but continue quietly on our way. Spend a pleasant Sunday morning. Give my love to all the Roos family, also to Mr. and Mrs. Tersteeg and Betsy and a firm handshake from Your loving brother, Vincent ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(16-17 August 1876)
... book; give one of them to Carolien. How I wish that you could see what it is like here some time. On Saturday morning at 4 o'clock I hope to walk to London to visit Gladwell and others. I wish that you could walk with me. A hearty handshake in my thoughts. À Dieu. Ever your loving brother, Vincent [This is a note that Vincent must have hastily written when Teunus van Iterson, who worked in the London branch of Goupil's, dropped in unexpectedly to see him. In all probability Vincent seized the opportunity for van Iterson to take the note and the two books back to London with him, and from there send them to Theo using the company's mail. The date of this note is questionable: in letter 75 of 5 th October 1876, Vincent says “Saturday eight days ago I went to London…left here early at 4 o'clock…” which would have been Saturday 23 rd September, suggesting that this letter may have been written during the week before...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(1 September 1876)
... above it all was mirrored in the pools. And about a fortnight later I was standing in the corner of the playground when someone came and told me that a man was there, asking for me; I knew who it was, and a moment later I fell on Father's neck. What I felt then, could not it have been “because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father”? It was a moment in which we both felt we had a Father in heaven; for Father too looked upward, and in his heart there was a greater voice than mine, crying, “Abba, Father.” (Try to send me the page from Michelet.) [Written in the margin] Do you ever go to Communion? They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. Between that moment and the present there lie years of exile. - There is a phrase that accompanies us, and seems to grow up with us - sorrowful yet always rejoicing. There is the prayer for a mother for her children, a prayer which is...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(7 October 1876)
... It is Saturday again and I write once more. How I long to see you again, Oh! my longing is sometimes so strong. Write soon, a little word as to how you are. Last Wednesday we took a long walk to a village an hour's distance from here. The road led through meadows and fields, along hedges of hawthorn, full of blackberries and clematis, and here and there a large elm tree. It was so beautiful when the sun set behind the grey clouds, and the shadows were long. By chance we met the school of Mr. Stokes, where there are still several of the boys I knew. The clouds retained their red hue long after the sun had set and the dusk had settled over the fields, and we saw in the distance the lamps lit in the village. While I was writing to you, I was called to Mr. Jones, who asked if I would walk to London to collect some money for him. And when I came home in the evening, hurrah, there was a letter from Father with tidings about you. How I should like to be with you both, my boy....
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(13 October 1876)
... go. Besides longing to sit at Theo's bedside, I should like so much to see my mother again and, if possible, also go to Etten to see Father and speak with him. It would only be for a short time; I should be with you but for one or two days. Monday last, I was again in Richmond, and my subject was, “He has sent me to preach the Gospel to the poor”; but whoever wants to preach the Gospel must carry it in his own heart first. Oh! May I find it, for it is only the word spoken in earnestness and from the fullness of the heart that can bear fruit. Perhaps I shall go to London or Lewisham again one of these days. Just now I gave a German lesson to Mr. Jones's daughters, and after the lesson I told them the story of Andersen's “The Snow Queen.” If you can, let me know by the next mail if I may come; I was so happy over Mother's last letter. One of these days I hope to visit Mr. Stokes's school. And I shall have to buy a pair of new boots to get...

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