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The English Reformed Church still exists and is still in use.

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  1. 21 Oct. 1877 1877
  2. 25 Nov. 1878 1877

On 21 October 1877, Vincent visited the English Reformed Church in the Begijnhof. During the well-attended service, he heard a sermon he greatly admired. Vincent wrote to his brother Theo:

“I’m very fond of that little church, and many a person there probably recalls things and places that aren’t unfamiliar to me either.” Read the complete letter

And after another visit to the little church, he wrote:

“There weren’t a lot of people in church, but many a face with a singularly appealing expression betraying good character, I like being in that little church so much. On many a face there one could read, as it were, what one can find in those English books by Eliot and others.” Read the complete letter

Relevant letters from Vincent

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