Dear Sir,
I’m not sure whether I can come and paint next Saturday. Because I’m making a couple of studies here — of the potato planting1 — on which I may possibly have to continue to work on the day in question.
But if not Saturday, I’ll come anyway — unless I hear from you to the contrary — on Monday.

Yours truly,


Br. 1990: 494 | CL: 399a
From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Anton Kerssemakers
Date: Nuenen, Thursday, 9 April 1885

1. One of these studies is still extant: Man and a woman planting potatoes (F 129a / JH 727 [2503]), after which the letter sketch of the same name was made (F - / JH 728). The composition of the other one is now known only from Two women working in the fields (F 1228 / JH 730), the sketch enclosed with letter 492.