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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Arles, 26 March 1889

[Letter written by Signac to Theo]

Dear Mr. Van Gogh,

Yesterday afternoon and again this morning we went for a walk together. He took me along to see his pictures, many of which are very good, and all of which are very curious.

He is quite willing to keep him all the time that would be necessary. He thinks that all the expenses of his stay in the hospital will have to be defrayed by the municipality, because it was at the administration's demand that he was kept in the asylum.

At any rate, if he does not go back to Paris, which in Mr. Rey's opinion would be preferable, it would be necessary for him to move to another house, as his neighbours are hostile to him. This is also what your brother desires, for at the earliest possible date he wants to leave this asylum, where after all he must necessarily suffer under the continual surveillance, which often has to be of a petty nature.

There is only one thing he wishes - to be able to work in tranquillity. So do your best to grant him this happiness. How dismal the life he is living must be for him.

I shake your hand cordially, dear Mr. Van Gogh.

P. Signac

Letters to be called for at Cassis.

At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 26 March 1889 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number .

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