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Letter 0002: From Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh

The Hague, 13 December 1872

My dear Theo,
That was good news that I read in Pa's letter. I sincerely wish you luck.

I do not doubt that you'll enjoy it there, it's such a fine firm. It will be a great change for you.
It gives me pleasure that we are now are in the same business and in the same firm; we must correspond often.

I hope I'll see you before you leave, we will have a lot to talk about. I believe that Brussels is a very nice city but it will be strange in the beginning. Write to me soon in any case .

And now adieu, this is just a few words in haste, but I had to say how happy I was .

Wishing you well, and believe me ever
Your loving brother,

I pity you having to walk every day to Oisterwijk in this beastly weather . Greetings from the family Rooses.

From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: 13 December 1872
Place: The Hague
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The good news that Vincent's father had written him about was that Theo was to begin working at the Brussels branch of the art dealer Goupil & Co. on 1 January 1873. Vincent worked for the same firm at their branch in The Hague.