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Letter to Oskar Speck from the Domeselaar family

Date: 7 May 1938
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0537[018]

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    Description
    Letter to Oskar Speck from the Domeselaar family handwritten in German with writing on both sides. Dated 7 May 1938, the letter talks about friends and family members, hopes his boat is as he wished, and is sending some film with a small photograph.
    Translation
    • [Hand written letter, no letterhead] SoerabaiaSurabaya, 7 May 1938 Dear Mr.Speck, Thank you for your letter from the “Valentijn”. We didn’t expect to hear from you so soon and were very pleasantly surprised. I’m sure you were very relieved to finally arrive at your destination after such a boring trip. What a pity!, Iif you’d had pleasant company it could have been a great memory. Easter at Tretes was very pleasant;, it’s just a pity that such pleasant days always come to an end too quickly. But only a few more weeks and we’re going to Sarangan for 3 weeks. We shall be thinking about you a lot then and wondering where you’ll be. Surely you will have started your great journey in the second half of June. We wish you all the very best, Mr. Speck and hope to see you at home again soon at home. We hope to hear from you every now and then, if possible including your address, and then we’ll make sure you get news from us wherever you are and if necessary, you know where we live, don’t you? Both Tilly and Jan have been asking several times if I’d heard from you. Tilly, Jan and Bergner, as well as the boys from the “Emden” send their best regards. Jan started his journey to Salatiga with a lots of tears. He would have liked to stay here, especially because hisa sister was born there and he would have preferred a brother. He wrote a letter recently to say he couldn’t bear to staying there. There’s nothing we can do about it at present. Both Tilly and Jan have been asking several times if I’d heard from you. Tilly, Jan and Bergner, as well as the boys from the “Emden” send their best regards. Jan started his journey to Salatiga with a lots of tears. He would have liked to stay here, especially because hisa sister was born there and he would have preferred a brother. He wrote a letter recently to say he couldn’t bear to staying there. There’s nothing we can do about it at present. I went to see Kolpp recently and we talked about you there. The boss promised to contact Batavia about this matter and will let me know. I’m curious to see what’ll come of this. If I did get your things back I’ll let you know and then I’ll keep everything until I receive your instructions about what to send where. Now for some news: Erica has become engaged to someone who’s about to get a divorce. As soon as the divorce becomeis official, they want to get married. So yet again, she’s not going to go home yet again. If that person does marry her, then it’s going to be fine anyway. The lucky one is not Bornhaupt;, I think it’s a Dutch feollow. Your affairsmatter with Bornhaupt areis not quite finished yet, but I’ll write about that another time. How do you like waiting on Saumlaki, Mr. Speck? Did you encounterfind your boat to be as you would have wished or is it totally useless? We wish with all our hearts that this new journey will not bring too many ups and downs and will go according to plan as much as possible. That'sis will be all for now. Gerry will write to you herself and send you a few photos. My husband and I wish you all the very best and remain with best regards, Yours the The Domselaar family N.B.: The photo with the stretcher looked terrible when it was enlarged, so I’m only sending only the little one with the film. What did you think of our Gerry’s letter? Best regards again DO

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