Cape Town, 20 February, 1902

To my dearest wife, Taube Kretzmar, be well and live in good fortune. And to my dear children, lebben zolle in happiness and good fortune.


Dearest wife – this week I have received no letter from you, and yet I am writing to you. I can inform you that TG I am well, may God grant to hear the same news from you. I am sending you now £4 sterling. May God grant that you may use it in good health, and I know that you have already used it up and that you will pay out to the people that we owe. It would have been useful if I could have sent more money to pay debts, but alas, at this time, it cannot be. However, it is good if one can send for necessary expenses at such time. It cannot be, so we must manage as best we can… and when times improve I will write to you. At present things must be as they are.


Please geruson my behalf Yankel Yosef of Yostentch. Ask him in my name to write to me how it went on in America, and how it goes with Benzion Wainik and why he wants to return to Russia. Greet all relatives and friends from me, please. Tell them they should enjoy themselves at home and must not dream of Africa because there is no such thing as Africa at the present moment. Be well and happy and joyful as is the only wish of your faithful husband, Tuvye Kretzmar


I greet cordially my dear parents, my father Yehuda Leib, and my chaste and modest mother, Mrs Beile, and my brothers and sisters – may God give them success and happiness in all their undertakings as is the wish of your son and brother, Tuvye Kretzmar


I greet cordially my dear mother-in-law, and her son Moishe Morris, and his wife, my sister, and their family, my brother-in-law, Aaron, and my sister-in-law, Chana Reza, be well and happy as it wishes you, your dear son-in-law and brother-in-law, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar