Roulin 4 to Theo
4 January 1889
I am truly happy today. I went to the hospital to get my
friend Vincent and take him for a little fresh air. We went to
the house, he was pleased to see his paintings again; we stayed
four hours; he has completely recovered, it is really
surprising. I am very sorry my first letters were so alarming,
and beg your pardon for it. I am glad to say I have been
mistaken in his lot. He only regrets all the trouble he has
given you, and is sorry for the anxiety he has caused. Don't
worry; I will do all I can to give him some distraction; one of
these days he will leave the hospital and go back to his
paintings. That is all he thinks of, he is a sweet as a
The intern was rather uneasy about letting him go, so I told
him that I would take it upon myself to accompany him and bring
him back to the hospital. By the time you receive my letter, I
shall be with him again to spend some hours together. The
intern and Vincent have agreed to meet me tomorrow at the
Café Ginoux so that he can show his paintings.
At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Joseph Roulin. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 4 January 1889 in Arles. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number to.
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