From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: Etten, second half of May 1881
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b165 V/1962
As emerges from the topographical details in ll. 9-11, this letter was written in Etten, some time after Theo’s visit at Easter. In letter 166 of on or about 30 April or 1 May, the plans for Van Rappard’s visit are not yet mentioned, which means that the present letter must have been written between 1 May and Van Rappard’s visit. Assuming that the first line of the letter implies that the brothers had not been in contact for some time, it is not likely that the letter was written in the first half of May; and because Van Rappard’s visit is still uncertain, it is not likely to date from shortly before his actual visit in June. We have therefore dated the letter to the secondhalf of May 1881.
On the back of the letter Theo made a list of names and amounts (in pencil). See letter 434 for a similar list.