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[Written at the top of this letter in his mother's
handwriting was “Very last letter from
Dear Mother and sister,
Many thanks for your excellent letters, which gave me a
great deal of pleasure. For the present I am feeling much
calmer than last year, and really the restlessness in my head
has greatly quieted down. In fact, I have always believed that
seeing the surroundings of the old days would have this
I often think of you both, and should very much like to see
you once again.
It is good that Wil went to work in the hospital, and that
she says that the operations were not as bad as she expected,
because she appreciates the means of lessening the pain and
also the efforts of the many physicians to do what has to be
done, simply and intelligently and kindly - well, that is what
I call looking at things sensibly - and trustingly.
But for one's health, as you say, it is very necessary to
work in the garden and to see the flowers growing.
I myself am quite absorbed in that immense plain with wheat
fields up as far as the hills, boundless as the ocean, delicate
yellow, delicate soft green, the delicate purple of a tilled
and weeded piece of ground, with the regular speckle of the
green of flowering potato plants, everything under a sky of
delicate tones of blue, white, pink and violet. I am in a mood
of almost too much calm, just the mood needed for painting
I sincerely hope that you will spend very happy days with
Theo and Jo, and you will see, as I did, how well they take
care of the little child, who is looking well.
Anna's children must be quite big now.
Goodbye for today, I have to go out to work.
In thought embraced by,
Your loving Vincent
[Written in Dutch.]
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to His Parents. Written c. 10-14 July 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number 650.
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