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C/o Jones Esq., Holme Court
Your letter and the prints were a delightful surprise; they
came this morning while I was busy weeding the potatoes in the
garden. Many thanks; both the engravings, “Christus
Consolator” and “Remunerator,” are hanging
over the desk in my little room. God is righteous, and He will
lead all who err onto the right path; you were thinking of that
when you wrote, “May this happen, I am erring in many
ways, but I don't despair. Do not be unhappy about your
“luxurious” life, as you call it; go quietly on
your way. You are more simple-hearted than I am, and probably
you will reach your goal quicker and to a greater extent.
Don't delude yourself about the liberty I have; I am bound
in different ways, some even humiliating, and these will become
still worse in time; but the words engraved above the image of
Christus Consolator, “He has come to proclaim liberty to
the captives” are true to this day.
Now I must ask you something. While in The Hague I had
lessons from a Bible teacher, Hille, who then lived in the
Bagijnestraat. He took great pains over me. Though I didn't
show it, what he told me made an impression on me, and I should
like to send him a word and, if possible, do him some small
favour. Go and visit him if you have a moment and if you can
find his address, and tell him that I have become a
schoolmaster and am looking out for some other situation in
connection with the church. He is a very simple man who, I
think, has had many struggles in life; involuntarily I
sometimes thought when looking at him: the end of that man will
And give him the enclosed little drawing from me.
How I should like to have a glimpse of Mauve's place; I can
see distinctly what you described seeing that evening you were
Write again soon, best wishes, believe me always,
Your loving brother, Vincent
Give my kind regards to Mr. Tersteeg and his wife and Betsy,
and the Roos family, and to other friends if you see them. But
do not speak about me. As you see, I landed in that other
school after all; enclosed you will find two prospectuses. If
you can recommend the school to anybody who wants to send his
boy to England, please do.
At this time, Vincent was 23 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 8 July 1876 in Isleworth. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 071.
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