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Letter to Oskar Speck from his friend Ludwig

Date: 24 March 1937
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from John O'Donnell
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0535[018]

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    Description
    Letter to Oskar Speck from his friend Ludwig, with a short note at end from tine. Handwritten letter over two pages with text on one side of the pages only. Dated 24 march 1937. The first page and part of second page was written by Ludwig in German and a small section at end written by tine, in Dutch. The letter talks about personal activities, including visiting a friend Liesenfield, and wishes Oskar well.
    Translation
    • Surabaya, 24 March 1937 Dear Oskar, How has the journey been going so far? Well I hope, and also that you have a renewed confidence with respect to the part still to be accomplished. How far did you manage to get on Sunday? We had gone to [Pasoeraean] that evening to check whether you had actually arrived there. However, none of the native people had spotted “Ossekar”. Please find enclosed a few photographs of your departure from here. They turned out quite nicely except for the water, which is too calm. The “early pints” at the club were quite nice, but most people turned up fairly late. Still, we got some [German] stew out of the whole affair and that was worthwhile. We hung around at the club until 3.30 pm. Yesterday we went to see Liesenfeld at home. It was his birthday, as it happened. He hadn’t thought of that when we agreed on the date at the club. It was very cosy, we were the only guests. We had a chance to admire his old film which he had taken on the [Bromo]. He had managed to stuff up half of the prints but the rest was very good. Liesenfeld and his wife were very friendly and offered all kinds of help, even financially, if things should turn out that way before Tine’s departure. Mrs L. has already collected a range of clothes and I am quite optimistic that it will work out. I will write to you as soon as I have news. [illegible name] has the flu once again and a puffy eye, related to a sore. Other than that, there is no news from Surabaya. Dear Oskar, I wish you a good journey and a happy Easter if you get the letter before that. Yours truly, Your friend Ludwig [different handwriting, written in Dutch] Dear Oscar, I hope you can read this, but if you can’t then you’ll just have to learn to. I was at Ms Liesenfeld’s yesterday, who was very nice. I am very busy sewing for Germany and I hope we’ll be seeing each other there again. I thought you could have been a bit friendlier that morning when you left; you hardly even looked at me, and you don’t drink to friendship with someone, to then address her with Ms again. Now Oscar, may you arrive healthily in Bali and think of us. Lots of kisses from the children and a firm handshake from Tine

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