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Arles, 26th December 1888
I have been to see your brother Vincent. I promised to tell
you what I thought of him. I am sorry to tell you that I think
he is lost. Not only is his mind affected, but also he is very
weak and despondent. He recognized me but did not show any
pleasure at seeing me and didn't ask about any member of my
family nor anyone else that he knows. When I left him I told
him that I would come back to see him; he replied that we would
meet again in heaven, and from his manner I understand that he
was saying a prayer. From what the porter told me, I think that
they are taking the necessary steps to have him placed in a
Please accept, Monsieur, the greetings of him who calls
himself the friend of your beloved brother.
Entrepeneur des Postes
Rue de la Montagne du Cordes, 10
Arles sur Rhone
My family sends their greetings to M. Paul Gauguin.
At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Joseph Roulin. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 26 December 1888 in Arles. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number to.
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