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Letter from Joseph Roulin to Theo van Gogh
(28 December 1888)
... Friday, I went there but could not see him. The intern and the attendant told me that after my wife left, he had had a terrible attack; he had a very bad night, and they had to put him in an isolated room. Since he has been locked in this room, he has eaten no food...
Letter from Reverend Salles to Theo van Gogh
(31 December 1888)
... I am going to give you news of your brother. I have just seen him, and found him calm, in a state which does not show anything abnormal with him. Unfortunately, as a result of the insane act which required his admission to the hospital and the more than strange...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(17 January 1889)
... I hope, as I get back my strength. Rey told me that being very impressionable was enough to account for the attack that I had, and that I was really only anaemic, but that I really must feed myself up. But I took the liberty of saying to M. Rey that if the...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to A. H. Koning
(22 or 23 January 1889)
... the way from the North of our native country. I received your postcard in the hospital at Arles, where I had been quartered following an attack of something the matter with my brains, or otherwise fever, which had nearly passed off already. And as for the...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Paul Gauguin
(22 or 23 January 1889)
... just proves that he understands us. I shall send you your things, but I still have bouts of weakness at times during which I'm in no position to even lift a finger to return your things to you. In a few days' time I'll pluck up the courage. And as for the...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(28 January 1889)
... my work are not progressing so badly. It astonishes me already when I compare my condition today with what it was a month ago. Before that I knew well enough that one could fracture one's legs and arms and recover afterward, but I did not know that you could...
Letter de Vincent van Gogh à Theo van Gogh
(30 January 1889)
... n'y ayant plus compté. Je terminerai cette lettre comme celle à Gauguin, en te disant que certes il y a encore des signes de la surexcitation précédente dans mes paroles, mais que cela n'a rien d'étonnant puisque dans ce bon pays...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(30 January 1889)
... as I did not expect it any more. I will finish this letter like Gauguin's, by telling you that there certainly are signs of previous overexcitement in my words, but that is not surprising, since everyone in this good Tarascon country is a trifle cracked....
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(3 February 1889)
... everything the doctor says, but… When I came out of hospital with good old Roulin, I fancied there'd been nothing wrong with me, it was only afterwards I felt I'd been ill. Well, that's only to be expected, I have moments when I am twisted with...

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