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[Hurriedly written in pencil]
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.
How I wish that you could see what it is like here some
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.
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.]
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
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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