Letters 0001a

Letter 0001a: From Vincent van Gogh to Hendrik Verzijl

The Hague, 26 Oct. 1872

Dear Sir,
To my regret, I was unable to purchase any of the documents specified by you, because they all went higher than the prices you quoted.

They were are all bought by Mr. V. Stockum, who appeared to have purchased them on commission.

Who he bought them for I do not know, but hope to find out, because I know the son of Mr. V. Stockum and he has promised me he would ask. As soon as I hear something, I'll write you.

The auction was well attended and from what I hear the prices paid were higher than normal. About 30 guilders were paid for the items you specified.

With my polite greetings to the family De Jonge, I am yours, faithfully,
Your obedient servant,
V.W. Van Gogh

From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Hendrik Verzijl
Date: 26 October 1872
Place: The Hague
Letter 0001a
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Vincent had been asked by Hendrik Verzijl to bid on some items in an auction taking place in The Hague. Verzijl was living in the country at the time, boarding with the De Jonge family, which explains Vincent's greetings to them near the end of the letter. The auction seems to have been selling books and prints, and the retired Mr. Verzijl was outbid by Mr. V. Stockum, a book collector, dealer, and publisher in The Hague.