Dear Sir,
I’ve finished two paintings — if you’d like to come and look at them with Van de Wakker1 on Sunday — very well.
Since I’ll also have finished others before long — if you want to wait — also very well.
Wanted to tell you, though, as agreed — I’m busy and can’t easily get away, as you observe. If you do come either Sunday or later — would you just tell Van der Harten,2 who wants to come and see my birds’ nests. Sincerely, with a handshake,

Yours truly,

When you’re coming, please advise on a postcard.


Br. 1990: 518 | CL: -
From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Anton Kerssemakers
Date: Nuenen, Friday, 3 July 1885

1. Willem van de Wakker, previously indirectly referred to in letter 469. This amateur painter was a telegraph operator in the post office in Nuenen and lived at what was then no. 253 Rozemarijnstraat, district B (now Jan van Lieshoutstraat) in Eindhoven.
2. Van Gogh probably means Joseph van der Harten. He had a brewery in Vrijstraat in Eindhoven and was a friend of Antoon Hermans (whom Van Gogh also knew). He stuffed animals. Cf. Jack van Hoek, ‘Over een kerkuil en een kalong’, Drijehornickels 29-3 (2020), pp. 33-36.