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Letter to Oskar Speck from John Hagenbeck

Date: 8 September 1938
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0537[025]

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    Letter to Oskar Speck from John Hagenbecka handwritten in German on John Hagenbeck / Shipchandler & Stevedore's letterhead paper with writing on both sides. Dated 8 September 1938, the letter talks about Hagenbeck's health and latest experiences, wishes Oskar well with his filming, and is confident Oskar will make it.
    Translation
    • John Hagenbeck, Colombo, 8 September 1938 I had given up hope, as it had’s been so long since I had heard from you. Yet this morning your long awaited letter from Wonseli Kisav arrived. We were so pleased to hear that your health has been restored, thank God. I’ve been receiving treatmented for high blood pressure fromby a dDoctor at Nemura Eliya in the meantime. I was released asdeclared cured and released at the end ofafter 4 weeks asnd my blood pressure was back to normal then. Well, theseis kinds of littleminor health troublesproblems are normal at this age. [illegible] I have a brother-in-law now who is of great help to me. The other day I worked on a steamer for 48 hours straight and at the end of that the problems with my blood pressure started. The doctor said that since I’m in my seventies now, I shouldn’t be doing so much work. The day before yesterday we had D. Essen here and he gave us your regards from Surabaya. I’m pleased that your filming is progressing so well and hope that you will have lots ofbe very successful with it at the end of your trip throughon to Australia. - We wish you the best of luck for that. - Business is rather slow here at the moment. They still haven’t given me the full shipping [illegible] contract and it willI’ll probably ruin me in the long run! -- That’s how Germans living abroad are treated. I’ve been here almost 11 years now and I haven’t been able to save enough money to go and see Germany again. My wife will go on a holiday in spring, since our daughter Eva yearns for her motherm.— My dear Oscar Speck, keep your chinourage up! I am confident you will make it and all of Germany will be proud of your achievement! -- The German settlement is much the same, just slightly bigger than before. My dear friend, I send you all my goodbest wishes and best regards from my wife and myself Yours, John Hagenbeck and wife

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