London, 20 Nov. 1873.

Dearest Caroline,
I wish you many happy returns;1 it will surely be a festive day, this first birthday in your own house.2 I hope that this will be a very good and happy year for you both.
You’ve received my last letter, I hope. Write soon with news of how everyone is doing. I’m longing  1v:2 to hear something again.
Have you seen Theo yet? I heard that he arrived in The Hague last Wednesday.
Herewith a small contribution for the album.3
I’m fine, but I’m up to my ears in work, and only have a moment.
Bid good-day to everyone in the Poten;4 how I’d like to look in on you today. I wish you both the best.

Yours truly,


Br. 1990: 016 | CL: 12a
From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Caroline van Stockum-Haanebeek
Date: London, Thursday, 20 November 1873

1. Caroline was to turn 21 on 22 November 1873.
3. Reproductions for Caroline’s scrapbook. Cf. letter 14.
4. Lange Poten 10 in The Hague, Caroline’s parental home.