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With this letter I am sending you the book by Michel that I
promised you, an etching after the “Marguerite” by
Scheffer, a lithograph after Corot and a packet of
I know quite well that your life is not easy just now, boy,
but stay firm and keep up your courage: it is sometimes
necessary “not to dream, not to sigh.”
You know “thou art not alone, but thy Father is with
With a firm handshake,
You loving brother, Vincent
Please keep the etching after Rembrandt that goes with this
letter, and the photographs of the pictures by Corot and Jules
Breton which I sent before, till Father and Mother are well
settled at Etten, and then send them; that will be about the
end of November.
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 30 September 1875 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 040.
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