Cape Town, 1900

To my dear son, David George (Getzel) Kretzmar.

Dear son,

I have received your first letter and thank you very much for it. I hope PG to send you a nice present for this letter. I can see from your writing that my efforts to send you to cheder to learn to write and to study have not been in vain. I hope that you will fulfill your duties also in the future, and that you will learn diligently and be obedient to your mother and teacher, who teach you manliness and godliness. So I thank you very heartily for your letter and ask you to write to me every week more or less. But please do work every week, and I hope you fulfill my wish as requested by your dear father, who wishes you everything of the best.


(Letter asks Davey to keep his letters.)

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar