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[Letter written by Signac to Theo]
Dear Mr. Van Gogh,
His courteous doctor, the house physician Rey, is of the
opinion that, if he should lead a very methodical life, eating
and drinking normally and at regular hours, there would be
every chance that the terrible crises would not repeat
themselves at all.
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
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.
I shake your hand cordially, dear Mr. Van Gogh.
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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