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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
The Hague, 5 May 1873

Dear Theo,

You must forgive me for having forgotten your birthday. My best wishes. I hope this year will be a happy one for you, and that you will like your work more and more.

My time here is almost up. Next Saturday I go home to say goodbye, and then on to Paris on Sunday. I fear, however, that it will be Monday before I can start, and that I shall have to stay over in Helvoirt on Sunday. I hope that I shall be able to write you when I'll be passing through Brussels in time. I may not be able to, as I do not know for sure when I have to be in Paris.

How are Uncle and Aunt - have they moved already? You must write me about this soon, my address is below. I am writing in a hurry; as you can imagine, I am very busy. Adieu, best wishes. Compliments to Uncle, Aunt, Mr. Schmidt and Eduard.

Always your loving Vincent.

V. W. van Gogh

C/o Messrs. Goupil & Co.,

17 Southampton Street, Strand, London

Don't forget to write V. W. van Gogh; otherwise it might be confused with Uncle Vincent's mail, he is only called V., you know.

At this time, Vincent was 20 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 5 May 1873 in The Hague. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 007.

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