Malmesbury, 4 March, 1902

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


My dear wife – last week I waited long for your letter because I thought that I had not received any letters for a long time. It is nearly eight weeks that I had no letter. It seems that this week there is no letter, either. I can tell you that this is an aveyle (crime) – , especially when I write regularly and you get letters from me. I am entitled to letters from you, and even if I fail once to write, I usually have a valid excuse. But what can be your excuse? Well, whatever has been, has been, and from now on, let there be everything well in the world. For everybody including us, as well as good business and good news from each other. So that we may live and enjoy our days, amen. I, on my side, can tell you that TG I am in good health, may my letter find you and the children in good health as well, and may my letter be good news to you.


About parnasseI can write that since I have separated from my partner I have made good profits and I can’t complain. May God grant us the same in the future. Now that produce is cheap, business is slower, but I hope to God that He will provide everything because He provides for everybody. Everybody is on His list, and everyone gets his good turn as well as the bad ones. And after he had bad days, then God will send more, so may you use it in good health, and of course first of all we must pay all debts, and afterwards He will provide more, in the form of savings. So that we should arrive at the goal. It is no good to be separated, it is a pity on everybody. On myself as well as on my wife and children, but hopefully everything will improve. When God will provide success and everything will come right. I was of a good mind to send you money this week, because it is already time to send money, but unfortunately I ran short of cash this week! So let us hope that next week I will be able to do better, and to send as much as possible.


Please write me news of everything in your area, and about the younger people, and from the old world in town. How are your old friends getting on and our relatives? How is the family? Please write about everybody separately. How is Benzion Wainik? He does not write to me, but let it be as it is. I wrote to him several times, more than that I cannot do. I close my writing. Keep well. I heartily greet and kiss you, from me, your ever devoted husband, who wishes you all the best, Tuvye Kretzmar


To my dear father, Yehuda Leib Kretzmar, and my mother, the modest Beile, and my brother Yaacov, and all members of the family. I greet you cordially and I wish you good luck. I am waiting for good letters from you. It is time that you give cake and brandy (at a simcha, cake and brandy is served). It is already time that we heard good news. It would give pleasure to hear the good news, so please do not let me wait too long. I am asking God for success, because He provides for everybody. Please write how is business this winter, as well as everything else, your son and brother, Tuvye Kretzmar


I heartily greet my dear mother-in-law, the modest Neche, and my brother-in-law, Moishe Schochet, and his wife and their children, as well as Chana Reza and her husband. I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart. May you all succeed in everything that you do, and may you live in comfort and lots of naches, as is the wish of your brother-in-law and son-in-law and brother, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar