London, 30 April 1874
My dear Theo,
Many happy returns of the day.1
Do right and don’t look back,2
and things will turn out well.
I was glad to get your last letter. I sent you a photo a couple of days ago:
because I thought you’d like to have it.
’s painting isn’t very dirty.4
(Between you and me, I didn’t see it, but anyway tell him I wrote that it wasn’t very dirty.)
If I come to Holland, I’ll also come to The Hague for a day or two if possible, because The Hague is like a second home to me. (I’ll come and stay with you.)
I’d have liked to go on that walk to De Vink.7
I walk here as much as I can, but I’m very busy. It’s absolutely beautiful here (even though it’s in the city). There are lilacs and hawthorns and laburnums &c. blossoming in all the gardens, and the chestnut trees are magnificent.
If one truly loves nature one finds beauty everywhere. Yet I sometimes yearn so much for Holland, and especially Helvoirt.
I’m doing a lot of gardening and have sown sweet peas, poppies and reseda, now we just have to
wait and see what comes of it.
I enjoy the walk from home to the office and in the evening from the office back home. It takes about three-quarters of an hour.
It’s wonderful to be finished so early here; we close at 6 o’clock and yet we work none the less because of it.
I wish you the best.
The apple trees &c. have blossomed beautifully here; it seems to me that everything is earlier here than in Holland.
As soon as I know something more definite about my going home, I’ll write to you directly. I fear, however, that it will be around 4 weeks or so before it can happen. Write soon.