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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Isleworth, 16-17 August 1876

[Hurriedly written in pencil]

Dear Theo,

Just now Van Iterson came to surprise me. I am pleased that he has come but it is as if he is a man from another world, so much lies between the time when we were together in the business and now.

I am sending you the “wide, wide world” and another little book; give one of them to Carolien.

On Saturday morning at 4 o'clock I hope to walk to London to visit Gladwell and others. I wish that you could walk with me. A hearty handshake in my thoughts.

À Dieu.

Ever your loving brother, Vincent

[This is a note that Vincent must have hastily written when Teunus van Iterson, who worked in the London branch of Goupil's, dropped in unexpectedly to see him. In all probability Vincent seized the opportunity for van Iterson to take the note and the two books back to London with him, and from there send them to Theo using the company's mail. The date of this note is questionable: in letter 75 of 5th October 1876, Vincent says “Saturday eight days ago I went to London…left here early at 4 o'clock…” which would have been Saturday 23rd September, suggesting that this letter may have been written during the week before then.]

[This is a transcription of the Dutch text.]

Waarde Theo

Daarjuist komst v Iterson mij verassen

ik vind het prettig dat hij komt maar

`t is of hij een mensch uit de andere

wereld is zou veel ligt er tusschen

den tijd dat wij samen in de zaak

waren en nu.

Hierbij de “wijde wijde wereld” en

een ander boekje geef ook een daarvan

aan Carolien.

Wat zou ik graag willen gij het

ook eens zien kondt hier.

Zaturtag morgen 4 uur hoop ik

naar Londen te wandelen om

Gladwell en anderen op te

zoeken. Ik wou gij mede kondt wandelen.

Een hartelijken handdruk in gedachten.

à Dieu, geloof mij,

Uw zoo liefh broer


At this time, Vincent was 23 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 16-17 August 1876 in Isleworth. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number 068.

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