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A few words in a hurry, because tomorrow is St. Nicholas
Day. It is such a pleasant day in Holland, I should like to
celebrate it once more.
I am looking forward to Christmas, aren't you? We shall have
a great many things to talk about. It is a pity that Anna
cannot come too; I hope she also will have pleasant days.
Christmas in England is very interesting, and perhaps Anna will
learn to love her surroundings better if she celebrates the
holiday there and helps to make things pleasant in the
My dear Englishman (Gladwell is his name) is also going home
for a few days. You can imagine how he longs to go; he has
never been away from home before.
Write to me soon.
Is it as cold in Holland as it is here? With our little
stove, Gladwell and I are very comfortable - morning and
I have taken to smoking a pipe again and I enjoy it as of
old. Compliments to everybody who may ask about me. A warm
Your loving brother, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 4 December 1875 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 046.
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