From: Paul Gauguin
To: Vincent van Gogh
Date: Pont-Aven, on or about Wednesday, 29 February 1888
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b839 V/1962
The letter dates from no later than 1 March, since Theo had to send it on from Paris and Vincent says in letter 582 of around 2 March that he has meanwhile received it. Moreover, he does not mention Gauguin’s letter in his letter to Theo of around Monday, 27 February (letter 580). We, like Merlhès, have therefore dated it on or about Wednesday, 29 February 1888. See Correspondance Gauguin 1984, p. 172.
Vincent sent this letter to Theo for him to read, together with letter 583. From ll. 3-4 it appears that Gauguin assumed that the brothers were still living together. He had consequently sent the letter to Theo’s address, and Theo had apparently sent it on unopened. Vincent says in letter 582 that in future Theo can open his mail.