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Letter from Reverend Salles to Theo van Gogh
Arles, 5 June 1889

Arles, June 5th 1889

Dear Sir,

An absence that I have just taken has prevented me from answering you letter of the 22nd last, and of carrying out your commission for the treasurer of the hospice any earlier.

I am happy to hear the news that you gave me of your brother. I really wanted to hear about him.

I hope that one day or another he will write to me to give me news of himself directly.

I paid the treasurer the balance that was due to him (20.45 f.) for your brother's keep, but I didn't find it necessary to give anything to the nurses who care for him.

I have received from you in total 100 f. (50 f. from the 200 sent at the time of the departure for St-Rémy, and the 50 f. in your last letter).

There I only spent 7 f. for your brother's journey and mine to St-Rémy and the 20 f. 45 for the here-included bill; in all 27 f. 45. I have therefore 72.55 of yours left.

I wondered if I should send you this sum or keep it in the event that your brother (as he said to me) needs me to send him something from here. I would welcome your instructions on this.

I am writing this word in a hurry, and ask you, my dear Sir, to accept my very cordial greetings.


At this time, Vincent was 36 year old
Reverend Salles. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 5 June 1889 in Arles. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number to.

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