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727 Arnold Koning to Vincent van Gogh. Winschoten, Monday, 31 December 1888.

No. 727 (Brieven 1990 732, Complete Letters -)
From: Arnold Koning
To: Vincent van Gogh
Date: Winschoten, Monday, 31 December 1888

Source status
Original manuscript

Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b1082 V/1962

Letter headed: ‘Winschoten 31 Decembre 1888’.

5-cent postcard. Postmarked on the front: ‘WINSCHOTEN 31 / DEC / 88 [xx] – 12 N’ and ‘ARRAS A PARIS 2 / JANV / 89’; on the side with the text ‘ARLES BOUCHES DU RHONE 2e | 3 / JANV / 89’. The address reads: ‘Monsieur Vincent van Goch/ n° 2 Place Lamartine/ Arles./ France./ Bouches du Rhône’.

original text
Winschoten1 31 Decembre 1888

In langen tijd heb je niets van mij vernomen. Ik wensch je nu maar bij dezen een gelukkig nieuwjaar en zal spoedig je brief beantwoorden die ik dezen zomer ontving.2

Adieu, à bientot
A.H. Koning

Winschoten1 31 December 1888

My dear friend!
You have heard nothing from me for a long time. Now I wish you herewith a happy New Year, and will shortly reply to your letter that I received this summer.2

Adieu, more soon
A.H. Koning
1. Winschoten is in the province of Groningen, in the northeastern Netherlands.
2. This letter to Koning is not known; Vincent reported in letter 657 of 8 August 1888 that he had written to him the previous week. On 15 September 1888 Koning informed Theo: ‘I received a very nice letter from Vincent, by now some time ago. I haven’t answered it yet, it’s disgraceful, but I’ll write to him one of these days’ (FR b1080).