Marseille, 24 October 1889

Sir and dear friend Vincent
Excuse me if I did not reply immediately I received your letter; I was waiting for the family.1 They arrived in the first week of October in very good health, Marcelle is still more than beautiful, she calls everyone by their names, in fact she’s a little parrot, she makes the whole house happy, at last by dint of patience I came to be with my family. I found this absence very long, happily despite the great heat I spent my summer in very good health.
My wife was very happy to discover your kind letter on arrival, to learn  1v:2 from it that you are in good health.
In your letter you tell me that you have worked a lot, that you have twelve canvases prepared,2 I hope that you will finish them in good health and that these unfortunate crises will not recur any more; I am pleased that you are in correspondence with your brother and that your return to Paris is almost decided,3 I am charmed by it.
Like you, I have a very heavy heart to see you go further from us; let us hope that one day again we shall have the happiness to shake hands and to tell each other in person such good things and to cement our friendship once more; I am confident and am full of hope to see you again one day, I am pleased to see you moving closer to your brother. When you are a little more comfortable alongside him and his wife, I think it will do an enormous amount of good for your health. I think that if you go and settle in the environs of Paris you will  1v:3 take up your palette and brushes with much more strength, and from time to time you will be able to take on new strengths you have such need of, if you write to your brother give him my warm regards and those of my family.
I have not been to Arles again and I do not know when I would be able to go there, I often see people from Arles who give me news of Ginoux, people have told me that everybody was well.
All my family joins with me in sending you our best regards, we have my mother-in-law4 with us, Marcelle sends you a big kiss, as does Camille, who acts as my secretary.
Armand has returned to work as a blacksmith in Lambesc.
Mr Vincent, please accept the sincere regards of all my family as well as those of him who declares himself your truly devoted friend.
I shake your hand in friendship.

Roulin, Railway Postman
rue Nicolas No. 46
third floor


Br. 1990: 816 | CL: -
From: Joseph Roulin
To: Vincent van Gogh
Date: Marseille, Thursday, 24 October 1889

1. Since Roulin’s departure for Marseille on 21 January 1889, his wife Augustine and their children had been staying with her mother in Lambesc.
2. Van Gogh mentions the same number of canvases in letter 809 to Bernard; see n. 4 to that letter for the works in question.
3. Van Gogh likely wrote to Roulin about his plan to put himself in the care of Dr Gachet in Auvers. See letter 808, n. 9.
4. Augustine Roulin’s mother was Rosalie Pelicot-Décès.