From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: Eindhoven, Friday, 27 March 1885
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b2272 V/1962
Date of postmark: Friday, 27 March 1885. Received: 6.00 hours.
Vincent sent Theo three telegrams altogether; they all arrived in Paris in the morning of 27 March 1885. The present telegram, sent to boulevard Montmartre, must have been sent first since it arrived at 6 a.m., whereas nos. 487 and 488 show the times 7.35 and 7.58 respectively. Vincent sent them to both of the Goupil & Cie establishments where Theo might be that day – to boulevard Montmartre (487) and rue Chaptal (488).
It is striking that this telegram does not say who has died. This is probably why Vincent sent the other telegrams to Theo’s workplaces – these two explicitly state that it was their father.
Telegram. Postmark: ‘CENTRAL PARIS / 27 MARS 85’.