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Thanks for your letter, write to me often, for I long to
hear from you in these days. Write me at length, speak to me of
your daily life, you see that I am doing the same. What you
told me about Boks was very interesting, how he arranged his
studio, and that you go there often - keep me well informed
about those things.
We feel lonely now
and then and long for friends and think
we should be quite different and happier if we found a friend
of whom we might say: “He is the one.” But
you, too, will begin to learn that there is much self-deception
behind this longing; if we yielded too much to it, it would
lead us from the road.
There is a phrase that haunts me these days - it is today's
text, “His children will seek to please the
And now here is some news: my friend Gladwell is moving. One
of the employees of the printing office convinced him to come
and lodge with him; for quite a while he did everything he
could to persuade him.
I know that Gladwell made this decision without thinking
about it, I regret his departure very much; it will be soon,
probably towards the end of the month.
For several days we have had a mouse in our
“cabin”, which is what we call our room. Every
night, we put bread on the floor for it, and it knows already
where to find it.
Kind regards to Roos and others if they ask about me, and
write soon. À Dieu. Tell me if Mr. Tersteeg mentions me
to you; give him my kindest regards whenever I write to you.
Your loving brother, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written January 1876 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 052.
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