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I forgot to reply to what you wrote about sending the money;
for the present I beg you to send it by postal order, as you
did last time, till I have found an exchange office; but deduct
I had a letter from home. Father had been unwell after
having a fall. I hope it is not more serious than they wrote -
do you know anything more about it?
Last week I went farther into the peat fields - splendid
scenery. I think it is more and more beautiful here, and I
intend to stay in this neighbourhood from now on. For it is so
beautiful here that it will require a lot more study to render
it, and only very elaborate work can give an exact idea of the
way things are basically in their serious, sober character. I
have seen superb figures, but I repeat, a scenery that has so
much nobility, so much dignity and gravity, must be treated
after deep reflection and with patience and steady work.
Therefore, I must attack things as if I had come here merely to
get a glimpse of them; but if everything goes well, and if we
have some luck, it goes without saying that I shall stay here
Do write again soon. I
long to hear from you, for I feel
gloomy, notwithstanding the beautiful scenery. Adieu, with a
Yours sincerely, Vincent
Remember me to Wisselingh when you meet him, and tell him I
At this time, Vincent was 30 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 24 September 1883 in Drenthe. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 327.
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