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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Brussels, 12 April 1881

Dear Theo,

As I heard from Father that there is a chance of your being in Etten next Sunday, and that it would be well for me to be there also, I start thither today.

So I hope to meet you soon, and am looking forward to it very much, particularly because I have sketched two drawings at Rappard's, “The Lamp Bearers” and “The Bearers of the Burden,” and should like to consult you about how to go on with them. I must somehow have the necessary models to finish them, and then I trust the result will be good, that is, I shall have a few compositions to show to Smeeton Tilly, or to the editors of L'Illustration or the like.

So I leave today and am letting you know, so that you will not look for me in Brussels. I should like to make a few sketches of the heaths at Etten, which is why I am starting a few days earlier.

So I hope to meet you soon, and now shake hands with you in thought.

Yours truly, Vincent

At this time, Vincent was 28 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 12 April 1881 in Brussels. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 143.

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