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This morning I heard from home what had happened to you,
1 and I wanted to write you at once. I wish I could
do something for you; one of these days a box will be sent to
The Hague, I will put some chocolate in it for you. Gladwell
calls that “consolation.” I will also send you the
book by Jules Breton - at least, if I can get it back, as I
lent it to somebody. I am anxious to know how you are; write
soon and please give me some details about how you spend your
How I should like to be with you, Theo, but what can we do?
It cannot be helped, boy. In a fortnight I shall go home and
then we will certainly see each other, and our meeting again
will not be the less delightful for the accident that has
If you see Uncle Jan, please remember me to him and thank
him for his letter. You must try to become good friends with
him. I don't know him well, but I know he is “pure
It has been very cold. Fortunately, the thaw set in
yesterday. I was very glad of it.
I am rather busy these days with the inventory and finishing
things off before my departure.
And now, Theo, a warm handshake and wishing you a speedy
Your loving brother, Vincent
Theo had fallen on the slippery street and seriously
hurt his foot.
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 9 December 1875 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 047.
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