The Hague, 13 December 1872.

My dear Theo,
That was good news that I just read in Pa’s letter.1 My hearty congratulations.
I don’t doubt that it will give you pleasure, it’s such a fine firm.
It will be a big change for you.
I’m so glad that both of us are now in the same line of business, and in the same firm;2 we must correspond often.  1v:2
I hope so much to see you before you leave, we’ll have a lot to talk about.
I believe that Brussels is a very pleasant city, though it will seem strange at first.
At all events, write to me soon.
And now adieu, these are only a few words written in haste, but I just had to tell you how very glad I was.
I wish you well, and believe me ever,

Your loving brother

I pity your having to go to Oisterwijk every day in this beastly weather. Regards from the Rooses.


Br. 1990: 002 | CL: 2
From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: The Hague, Friday, 13 December 1872

1. The news was that on 1 January 1873 Theo was to start work at the Brussels branch of the art dealer Goupil & Co., 58 rue Montagne de la Cour (Hofbergstraat).
2. Van Gogh worked as an assistant at the Hague branch of Goupil & Co. located at Plaats 14.