I wanted to write you earlier. I am happy that Father has
accepted the nomination at Etten; in the circumstances, I think
it right that W. and A. [their sisters] are leaving together. I
would have liked to be with you all that Sunday when you went
to Helvoirt - did I write you that I spent the day with Soek
and his family at Ville d'Avray? I was surprised to find three
pictures by Corot in a little church there.
Last Sunday and the previous Sunday, I went to church to
listen to Dr. Bercier; I heard him preach on “Toutes
choses prouveront le bien de ceux qui aiment Dieu” [All
things work together for the good of those that love God] and
on “Il fit l'homme à son image” [God created
man in his own image.] It was beautiful and noble.
You should go to church every Sunday if you have the time;
even if the preaching is not good, it is better to go; you will
not regret it. Have you been to church to hear the Reverend Mr.
On the list of engravings that hang in my room, I forgot the
“If I Were the Sombre Winter”
Last Summer Days
The Imitation of Jesus Christ
Cantabimus and Psallemus
I am trying to get another engraving of Rembrandt's
“Bible Reading” for you; if possible, I will send
it to you in the first box of pictures. Did I send you a
lithograph of Troyon's “Morning Effects” and
François' “Last Summer Days”? If not, tell
me. I have duplicate copies of them.
And now, be as happy as you can; do well and don't look back
if you can help it.
Believe me, always your loving brother, Vincent
My compliments to Mr. and Mrs. Tersteeg and Mauve. Also to
the Van Stockums, Haanebeeks, Aunt Fie and the Rooses!
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 13 August 1875 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 033.
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