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Letter to Oskar speck from John Hagenback

Date: 13 December 1935
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0537[007]

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    Description
    Letter to Oskar Speck from John Hagenback handwritten in German on John Hagenbeck / Ship chandler & Stevedore's letterhead paper. Dated 13 December 1935, in the letter. Hagenbeck hopes Oskar is recovering from his malaria, mentions he has lost his investments because the government won’t buy the zoo.
    Translation
    • John Hagenbeck, Colombo, 13 December 1935 My dear Oscar Speck, I received your kind note from Virogapatam and realise very much to my distress that you contracted malaria and a cold. I hope you are quite well again by now and have been able to continue your journey. I passed your best regards on to all those in the German settlement and they are being cordially returned. My wife, who has returned by now, also sends you her best regards and wishes for your success! I’m sending this letter to Calcutta as instructed and we all wish you a very happy New Year. Since the local government refuses to buy the zoo or take it over and refuses any support, we have beenare forced to go into liquidation and all my work and all the invested funds invested have beenare lost. This is a heavy blow, but one has to try to get over big losses like that. No comment required. They ruined us. But we are used to that! So do keep your spiritscourage up!! Mr. Wild is in Germany on holidays. Everything is running as usual and one has to put up with one’s fate. Best regards Yours truly, John Hagenbeck

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