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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Paris, 25 March 1876

Dear Theo,

At last I am sending Longfellow's poems; I am sure the book will become a friend to you.

Today I answered two advertisements again. I continue to do it, though I get hardly any answers. My time here is drawing to a close.

You will see many beautiful things on your travels. Though love of nature is not everything, it is still a precious possession; may we keep it always.

And now you will become a guest in “many an Inn” - that is pleasant, too, sometimes. You know, I once made a trip on foot to Brighton; I always remember it with pleasure. The inns in England are often so cosy. Longfellow describes it so well in Tales of a Wayside Inn.

Gladwell has got my place at the gallery and is there already to become familiar with the work before I leave. I have seen several pictures intended for the Salon, including two beautiful large Gabriels: “A Morning in the Meadows” (through the haze one sees a town in the distance) and one of what we should call a “watery sun.” There were also two large Xavier de Cocks. One represents an evening at the beginning of summer, with a meadow surrounded by poplars; in the distance, the farm and fields and a girl driving the cows home. In the foreground a pool, around which three cows are lying in the grass - one white, one black and one red; the sun has set and the trees stand out dark against the light yellowish sky.

I am writing in great haste, as you can see from the handwriting. A pleasant journey; always

Your loving brother, Vincent

At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 25 March 1876 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 057.

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