Malmesbury, 15 March, 1903

To my dear wife, Taube Kretzmar, and to my dear children, sons David and Noah, and daughters, Leah and Freda, may they live and grow up in wealth and comfort, amen.


My dear wife, I have not received a letter last week, although this is a legitimate complaint, but I let it pass, and I continue writing on Sunday because I have more time and I can write more things. I can inform you that I am TG in good health, and I hope to hear the same from you.


I can inform you that last Thursday evening we read the megillah, and repeated it again on Friday morning, and we reminded ourselves of the miracles in the olden days, and the miracle that God has improved my position, and I remember it every minute.


I am pleased to tell you that the business in the shop is improving – may God grant us success so that we should arrive at our goal and live like menschen and to be no more separated. I manage with everything and I apportion my work accordingly.


I have no more news to write now. I intend sending you more money so that you should pay off your debts. The money may possibly be in this letter because it will be posted on Wednesday. I will send as much as possible because in the cheque you will know that it is money, and if you don’t get it with this letter, it will be included in the next.


Further, I wish you a good yomtov, and don’t worry because it is already the beginning of the Redemption, because the Redemption of Egypt also did not materialise in one minute but slowly, and yet it arrived, and so it will be with us. With the help of God. I greet and kiss you all individually, from me, your ever faithful husband, who is waiting for your answer, Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my dear parents, my honoured father, Yehuda Leib Kretzmar, and my chaste and modest mother, Beile, my brothers and sisters, may they all live well. My dear parents, I can inform you that I am TG in good health, and I wish to hear the same from you. The business in the shop is improving, and I hope to make a living from it together with my family.


Further, about Shmuel who writes that he wants to come to Africa – I can do nothing and dare not do anything as this is a country that everybody wants to do as he thinks best. About business, if one wants to work and not spend unnecessarily, one can make a living, and when he arrives he will make a living and he will also be able to help a sister to get married. I will send him a permit.When I send him a permit, I will tell him what to do and what to take along. I close my writing. Keep well and in good spirits, as is the wish of your son and brother, who wishes you the best of everything, Tuvye Kretzmar


I also greet heartily my dear mother-in-law, Neche, and my brother-in-law, Moishe Schochet, and my sister, Sarah, and their family, and my brother-in-law, Menachem Mendel, and my sister, Chana Reza, may you all live well and happily. I wish you a good Yomtov – excuse the short letter – even this was not written at the same time. Keep well and happy, as is the wish of your son-in-law and brother-in-law and brother, Tuvye Kretzmar

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