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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(August 1872)
... I was glad to hear you arrived home safely. I missed you the first few days and it felt strange not to find you there when I came home in the afternoons. We have had some enjoyable days together, and managed to take a few walks and see one or two sights between the spots of rain. What dreadful weather! You must have sweltered from the heat on your walks to Oisterwijk. There was harness racing yesterday for the Exhibition; but the illuminations and the fireworks were put off because of the bad weather, so it's just as well you didn't stay on to see them. Regards from the Haanebeek and Roos families. Always your loving Vincent. ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(9 May 1873)
... Paris, and shall pass Brussels at 2.07 P. M. Come to the station if you can, I should be so glad to see you. I must not forget to tell you that I showed your photograph to Mrs. Tersteeg, and she would like very much to have one. Is there a chance of your having another and sending it to me? If not now, maybe another time. Theo, you have no idea how kind everybody here is to me, and you can imagine how sorry I am to have to leave so many friends. Adieu, boy. Compliments to Uncle and Aunt, hope to see you soon. Vincent. Inquire if you have to be at the north or the south station. ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(January 1876)
... me well informed about those things. We feel lonely now and then and long for friends and think we should be quite different and happier if we found a friend of whom we might say: “He is the one.” But you, too, will begin to learn that there is much self-deception behind this longing; if we yielded too much to it, it would lead us from the road. There is a phrase that haunts me these days - it is today's text, “His children will seek to please the poor.” And now here is some news: my friend Gladwell is moving. One of the employees of the printing office convinced him to come and lodge with him; for quite a while he did everything he could to persuade him. I know that Gladwell made this decision without thinking about it, I regret his departure very much; it will be soon, probably towards the end of the month. For several days we have had a mouse in our “cabin”, which is what we call our room. Every ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(31 May 1876)
... star, but a beautiful, big, friendly one. And I thought of us all and I thought of my own years gone by and of our home, and these words and this sentiment sprang to my mind, `Keep me from being a son who brings shame, give me Thy blessing, not because I deserve it, but for my Mother's sake. Thou art Love, cover all things. Without Thy constant blessing we succeed in nothing.' Enclosed is a little drawing of the view from the school window through which the boys follow their parents with their eyes as they go back to the station after a visit. Many a one will never forget the view from that window. You really ought to have seen it this week, when we had days of rain, especially at dusk when the lamps are lit and their light is reflected in the wet streets. On such days Mr. Stokes can sometimes be in a bad temper, and if the boys make more of a noise than he likes they occasionally have to go without their bread and tea in the evening. You ought to see them looking...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(10 February 1878)
... Caesar. This afternoon I was at Uncle Stricker's; I go there rather often now that Uncle Jan is out of town and the house is lonely again with Father gone. It is foggy here today; luckily the weather was fine during Father's visit so that we could take many walks. Probably Uncle Jan will come back on Tuesday. I suppose you are very busy at the beginning of the year, like most people; things are becoming more and more serious for me as the examination draws nearer; I shall be glad when it gets light earlier in the morning. Has Father thought of giving you that photograph of that picture by Maris? The wood engraving after Van Goyen, “Dordrecht,” is hanging in its place; the other day I went to see the picture again at the museum - it is very, very fine. When you come back here I should like to look through the etchings by Dürer at the museum with you, the way we did Rembrandt's last time. Scheveningen must be beautiful these grey days, do you go there...

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