My dear Mr Ginoux,
Certainly I would prefer to come in person to ask you how your patient is, just as I had also hoped to come back to see you around now.1 But having been indisposed myself this last week, I must ask you for news of her by letter.
Please don’t fail to let me know how she is – for would be worried if I didn’t have news from you by return of post.
Nevertheless I have good intentions enough to come next week, however.
I had news of Mr Paul again the other day,2 and it’s possible I may soon go and see him, especially because I also have a great desire  1v:2 to go and make the acquaintance of my brother’s little one, who has fortunately just been born safe and sound.3
So for myself I’m really pleased that this is going well, all the more so because work isn’t going too badly either, having had articles on my paintings both in Belgium and in Paris where I exhibited them,4 and people are saying much more good things about them than I myself would wish.
I’m expecting a visit from a Marseille painter any day now,5 so this is another reason why I don’t know precisely which day I’ll be able to come and see you.
That notwithstanding, as for myself the attack I had again has  1v:3 completely passed again, and I’m working as usual.
Anyway, I hope you won’t leave me pining for your reply.
Kind regards to you and to Mrs Ginoux, and all my wishes for her speedy recovery.
Handshake to both of you and to our other friends, and believe me

Yours truly,
Vincent van Gogh


Br. 1990: 852 | CL: 626b
From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Joseph Ginoux
Date: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Sunday, 2 February 1890

1. On 18 or 19 January, Van Gogh had visited Joseph Ginoux and his wife Marie, who was suffering from nervous attacks and menopausal complaints. In letter 842 he had promised to return within the fortnight, but a new attack had prevented him from carrying out this plan.
2. Shortly before this, Van Gogh had received a letter from Gauguin (letter 844).
3. Theo’s son, Vincent Willem, was born on 31 January.
4. Van Gogh is referring to Aurier’s article ‘Les isolés: Vincent van Gogh’, which had appeared in Mercure de France and in the Belgian journal L’Art Moderne (see letter 845, n. 2). Theo had also informed Vincent of an earlier article about the Brussels exhibition in L’Art Moderne; see letter 843, n. 5.
Félix Fénéon had written in La Vogue about Van Gogh’s works at the exhibition of the Indépendants in Paris; see letter 799, n. 13. There is no indication, however, that Van Gogh knew about this article.