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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Ramsgate, 6-8 May 1876

Dear Theo,

By the same mail you will receive the two little books I promised you. I marked a few things in them, but you will find many other beautiful ones besides. But as I wrote to you already, one grows so fond of them, especially when one is in the country itself. It is again Saturday evening, and the weather is lovely; the sea is calm, it is low tide, the sky is a subtle milky blue, on the horizon a hint of fog. All morning the weather was so nice, it was so clear there where I can now see the fog.

The town has something very peculiar about it; everywhere you can see the influence of the sea - but you know that characteristic, too, for one also finds it at The Hague and Scheveningen.

The one may be the result of the other. Man rarely declares that he is satisfied; as soon as he finds that that it goes too well, the sooner he thinks that it will not go well enough. But this is in parenthesis; we must not talk about it, but continue quietly on our way.

Spend a pleasant Sunday morning. Give my love to all the Roos family, also to Mr. and Mrs. Tersteeg and Betsy and a firm handshake from

Your loving brother, Vincent

At this time, Vincent was 23 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 6-8 May 1876 in Ramsgate. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 065.

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