Malmesbury, 17 February, 1903

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


My dear wife, I have received your letter of the third of January. I am very glad that you are all well. May God grant that we always should get such good news from each other as long as we are to be separated, in the hope that one day we will be all together again. I, on my side, can tell you that I am TG in good health. May God grant that my letters should find you in the best of health.


About business in the shop, everything is normal, one can’t expect sales to be as much as in an old, established shop. I hope to God that I will find everything payable. I will shortly send you money, as much as possible. So far, I manage all on my own. Later on, if necessary, I will hire somebody. In the meantime, I must manage as it is, because to hire a person costs at least £5 a month. I must be careful and patient, and with God’s help everything will come right.


Blumson has done a lot – he has guaranteed the goods for me. I wish I could save every month as much, I would be happy.

I wish you all the best of luck, excuse me for being so short, in another letter I will write to everyone separately. Keep well, from me, and my sisters, Hinda and Chana, may they all live well. I greet you very heartily and I wish you all the best of luck, as is the wish of your son, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar