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Arles, 2nd January 1889
My Dear Theo,
So as to reassure you completely on my account, I write to
you these few lines in the office of the intern, M. Rey, whom
you have yourself met. I shall stay here at the hospital for a
few more days, then I think I can count on quietly returning to
Now I only beg of you one thing, not to worry, because that
would cause me too much of a worry.
Now, let's talk about our friend Gauguin, have I terrified
him? In short, why hasn't he given me any sign of life? He must
have left with you. Besides, he had a need to return to Paris,
and in Paris perhaps, he will feel more at home than here. Tell
Gauguin to write to me, and that I think about him all the
A good handshake, I have read and re-read your letter about
your meeting with the Bongers. It is perfect. As for me, I am
content to stay just as I am.
Again a good handshake to you and Gauguin.
Write to me still at the same address, Place Lamartine,
[Added to this letter was a note from Dr. Rey]
I add a few words to your brother's letter to reassure you,
in my turn, on his account.
I am happy to tell you that my predictions have been
realized and that this over-excitement has only been temporary.
I strongly feel that he will be himself in a few days. I have
made a point of his writing to you himself, to tell you in his
own words his condition. I made him come down to my office to
talk for a bit. It will entertain me and it will do him
Please accept my kind regards, I am, yours very truly,
At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 2 January 1889 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 567.
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