Letter 0008

Letter 0008: From Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh

The Hague, 9 May 1873

My dear Theo,

Monday morning I’ll leave Helvoirt for Paris, and shall pass through Brussels at 2:07 P.M. Come to the station if you can, it would make me happy to see you.

Before I forget, yesterday I showed your photograph to Mrs. Tersteeg, and she would like very much to have one. Is there a chance you would have another one that you could send to me? If you can’t do it now, maybe another time.

Theo, you have no idea how kind to me they are here; you can imagine how sorry I am to have to leave so many friends.

Adieu, old chap, give my warm regards to Uncle and Aunt.

Goodbye for now.

Find out if you have to be at the north or south station.

From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: 9 May 1873
Place: The Hague
Letter 0008
Translation © vangoghonline.com

Vincent was leaving for Helvoirt and stayed with his parents from Saturday to Monday, then went on to Paris for a week. He had a short stop in Brussels on the way to Paris and was hoping Theo could stop for a short visit.

Mrs. Tersteeg was the wife of Vincent's boss. Remember the van Gog family was deeply involved in the firm Goupil & Co., and perhaps she felt a maternal concern for young Theo.

Vincent truly was regretful about this transfer to London, and the people he worked with did treat him well. Theo's mother wrote and told Theo that when Vincent left many of his coworkers gave him gifts and photographs to remember them by.