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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Uncle Cor
Dordrecht, 8 March 1877

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Dear Uncle,

When Pa was here the other day, he told me that you had asked him if Theo and I could come to see you someday. I am most anxious to see you and Aunt and talk with you both, and should therefore like to ask you whether it is convenient if Theo and I should take the first train from The Hague next Sunday and spend the afternoon or evening with you. Theo will have to go on a trip soon, and if we do not come now, it may not be possible for a long time.

It was a glorious day when Pa was here recently; we took a walk together, and also went to the museum to see the pictures by Scheffer.

All is well with me; at the beginning of the year there is a lot of work, so that I have to stay until twelve or one o'clock at night.

I like being in Holland again, although the work across the Channel, notwithstanding all the trouble and profound disappointment, was dear to me. It is still - because of the disappointment and relative failure this time, I am deeply attached to it.

It is nice that Anna was able to find a situation so promptly too; I hope she will do well. If you agree to Theo and me coming next Sunday, kindly drop one of us a postcard; with kindest regards to you and Aunt, believe me in the meantime

Your affectionate nephew, Vincent

I should have written you about this sooner, but Pa did not ask me to go next Sunday until yesterday.

At this time, Vincent was 23 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Uncle Cor. Written 8 March 1877 in Dordrecht. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 87a.

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