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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Paris, 7 February 1876

Dear Theo,

Congratulations to you on Father's birthday. That was a beautiful text from you on the 8th February: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

We ignore what is ahead for our father and for us, but we can leave that to Him whose name is “Our Father” and “I am that I am”.

Thanks for the little book by Andersen, I am glad to have it. It is to be read aloud to a Dutchman, a fellow employee whom I have seen much of lately.

Yesterday, I went to an Anglican church; I was very happy to assist again in an Anglican service, it is very simple and very beautiful. The sermon was on the theme of “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

Many thanks again for the book by Andersen, a handshake and compliments to Roos. I heard from home that Mr. Tersteeg has been at Etten. Ever yours, in haste,

Your loving brother, Vincent

At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 7 February 1876 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 054.

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