To Theo van Gogh. The Hague, Monday, 5 May 1873.
My dear Theo,
You mustn’t take it amiss, old chap, that I didn’t remember your birthday. Many congratulations; I hope that things will continue to go well for you this year, and that you’ll take more and more pleasure in your work.
My time is drawing to a close. On Saturday I’ll go home and take my leave, and then on Sunday on to Paris. I’m afraid it’ll end up being Monday, however, and that on Sunday I’ll still be in Helvoirt. I hope I’ll be able to write to you in time about when I’ll be passing through Brussels, but it’s quite possible that I won’t be able to, as I don’t yet know for sure when I have to be in Paris at the latest.
How are Uncle and Aunt? Have they moved yet? Be sure to write to me soon about that, I’ll give you my address below. I’m writing in haste, as you can imagine I’m busy. Adieu, I wish you well. Give my warm regards to Uncle and Aunt, also to Mr Schmidt and Eduard.
Ever your loving brother Vincent.
V.W. van Gogh
Care of Messrs Goupil & Co.
17 Southampton Street
Mind: V.W. van Gogh, because otherwise there’s likely to be confusion with letters for Uncle Cent, who’s only V.