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Letter to Oskar Speck from the Beckers

Date: 15 February 1939
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0537[031]

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    Letter to Oskar Speck from the Beckers typed in German with small amount of green handwriting at the bottom. Dated 15 February 1939, the letter mentions money which there is no rush to repay, not worry about the newspaper reports, thanks for the films and some information about mutual friends.
    • Fak-Fak, 15 February 1939 Dear Mr. Speck, Yesterday Wwe received your dear letter dated 3 February yesterday and want to send a letter back to you on the same K.P.M. return triping round and going back to you. We did as you asked and sent 25 Gguilders to the Gezagghebber [Dutch official]. It will also be sent on this ship. It’s a pity you didn’t tell us this earlier, as it could have all been dealt with. We’ll send you a telegram into Hollandia anyway, though, for your peace of mind. The manner in which you can return the money to us remains to be seen, and we are not waiting for it. Just make sure that you have enough while you are travelling. You can send it back some time when you have some left over, but just remember, you can take your time. I’ll send your letter back to you in this one. It wasn’t necessary to send it to me, as I would have believed you anyway. The money might take longer than you think, though, because foreign currency takes a while to get through. We know of a case from home, where friends of ours wanted to travel to Italy. They had to wait for their currency for almost 7 months and it was autumn before they could depart. Just stay calm,; everything takes a long time here. - Don’t you think you overreacted a bit? It’s nothing but gossip and one doesn’t take it seriously. We do understand you;, you are a foreigner here on a big journey and as such you are being received everywhere. But just stay calm and continue, and don’t worry about the gossip in the papers. We still haven’t read anything about it and don’t really know what it's all about. I already told you in my letter to you inat Manokwari that Mr. Corbelli passed on your regards, didn’t I? I’ll have to write to you now about something else as well, now seeing thatas I am inat Mankowari myself. Last night Mr. Boendermaker came over with the sad news that Mr. Meiling is dead. He was informedfound out infrom a short telegram. We still don’t know what he died from or where, or whether he was still at Manokwari or en route in the Rimboe. Isn’t that absolutely tragic? Such a young person. He was obviously over-exerting himself physically;, he was always outdoors. Many thanks for the films ofabout us. They seem to be very nice. We are planning to have a couple of enlargements of it done soon. We hope and wishpray that you’ll have a pleasant trip. The weather isn’t very good at the moment. We get a lot of rain, so the Western monsoon must have been getting through all right. There is a lot of rain everywhere, they say, even on Java. – Everything is quite unchanged here, nothing has happened. We still regret that you didn’t receive the call at Christmas. Did you ever hear from Scherl about the photos we sent them? Or from “Pionierwerke”? We hope to receive a short report from you atin Hollandia about how you were received there and what the journey there was like. Don’t hesitate to tell us if there is anything else you want. Did you get your Leica back? We hope so. I can’t think of anything else to tell you. The K.P.M. arrived 2 days late but still the deadline for mail is still tomorrow, in accordance with the schedule. Dear Mr. Speck, everything is fine. We wish you good luck and send you our best wishes and regards Yours [signed Two Beckers] N.B.: We haven’t heard anything from Scherl or from “Pionierwerke” in response to our letter

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