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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(7 July 1882)
... just adding a few words to last night's letter. And I can tell you that I have been to see the doctor at the hospital, who told me that as I had been fairly well these days, I need not come back unless I should happen to get worse. The fact that during these days I have been able to pass water freely, although not quite normally and painlessly yet, proves that I am on the road to recovery. This afternoon I at once sent a drawing to the doctor who treated me - not the superintendent - to show my gratitude. It was a Scheveningen girl knitting , done at Mauve's studio, and really the best watercolour I had, especially since Mauve had put in some touches, and had watched me do it and called some details to my attention. I should have liked to keep it as a souvenir, but in the delight of recovery I felt the need to show my gratitude. Today I received a letter from Father and Mother, and wrote them as soon as I heard that I needn't go back to the hospital. Now I should...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(15-16 July 1882)
... should lead a regular and quiet life. Passing water had improved a good deal, until some particularly cold and wet days influenced me more or less unfavorably. For a number of days the jet was vigorous again when passing water, and practically back to normal. Although right now this is no longer the case, yet I think it is a sign of improvement, and should the weather stay dry and fine, as it is today, things will improve even more quickly. When she left, not only the nurse on her ward, but the head nurse herself came to say goodbye to her. I was present and thanked her, as I had three letters from her when Sien was not allowed to write. She stood talking with us for some time. Fortunately, it was quite warm fine weather and the journey came off all right. Sien's mother and her little girl had come to the Schenkweg and were waiting for us there. It was indeed a delightful homecoming, and Sien was in high spirits about everything, especially about the cradle, about the easy...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(19 July 1882)
... heard Tersteeg talk, and so did I. I saw the doctor again, and he gave me some medicine to hasten my recovery as much as possible. I am getting stronger and the fever is slowly going away. Now, because of Tersteeg, I should like to send my letter to Father and Mother a little sooner, though I should have preferred to wait until later. As soon as you have sent the money, about the twentieth, I shall write home, but I would much rather have waited until they had moved and Sien had quite recovered. And even now I should much rather wait, but I am afraid Tersteeg will beat me to it. Sending Father the money for the journey is a proof of my good will, I think, and a little attention which I hope will make them understand that I appreciate them. So write soon, and if this might bind us more firmly together, brother, and cause us to understand each other better and have more confidence in each other instead of being separated by Tersteeg's interference, or anyone else's,...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(21 July 1882)
... that we are not far away from each other. Today I promised myself something, that is, to treat my illness, or rather what remains of it, as if it didn't exist. Enough time has been lost, work must go on. So, well or not well, I am going back to drawing regularly from morning until night. I don't want anybody to be able to say to me again, “Oh! but those are only old drawings.” I drew a study today of the baby's little cradle with a few touches of colour in it. I am also at work on one like one of those meadows I sent you recently. My hands have become a little too white for my liking, but that's too bad. I'm going to go back outdoors again, a possible relapse matters less to me than staying away from work any longer. Art is jealous, she does not like taking second place to an illness. Hence I shall humour her. So you will, I hope, be receiving a few more reasonably acceptable things shortly. People like me really should not be ill. I would...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(26 July 1882)
... How he painted those Halles! My health is pretty good, but I still feel the effect of my illness and will continue to for a pretty long time. Sien and the baby are well and are getting stronger, and I love them both. Someday I must do the cradle in watercolour (when it is rainy and I cannot work outside). But for the rest I want to show you landscape watercolours when you come. I hope to do figure watercolours this winter after I have been here a year. First I shall have to draw more from the nude, and more in black and white too, I think. We shall talk all that over, and I am sure that your visit will contribute much toward keeping things in order and making the work go smoothly. Adieu, with a handshake, Yours sincerely, Vincent By going quietly on with my work I have every hope of eventually getting an entirely new circle of acquaintances to compensate for the loss of the sympathy of Mauve, Tersteeg and others; but I will make no step toward it,...

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