Malmesbury, 8 September, 1902

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


My dear wife, I have not yet received your letter this week because the post has not arrived yet, but I must finish my letter and send it in time so that it will not be delayed… and that such things should not happen. I hope the times will improve and that we will forget all our tsoris. I sent you a check last week for £5. I hope to send you more as soon as possible, and as much as possible, so that you should be able to repay all your debts – because when God wants, He could redeem 600 000 from Egypt. So He can easily redeem one family, and to grant them a lot of success.


I know your accounts well; before I have received a letter from my brother Yaacov, and I sent out £5 before receiving your letter. You must not think that I am forgetting about you. It is simply that I have not got it, and no brain or muscle can help to improve the position, and don’t think that I have been lazy and done nothing, because every businessman knows that at the time when there is business, one works even more… but nothing will help. When the proper time arrives. all will be well. I hope that the good times will soon arrive.


am free TG of partners and I am all on my own. As much as God will provide, it will be all mine and I won’t need to share it with anybody. One can’t ask questions, When things don’t happen, one thinks of doing this and that, but it is all in vain. But now I am free of everybody. I have two horses and I go out to farms and I buy produce, which I sell at home. I have no accounts with anybody. As much as God provides, I send home, and if He provides more, I will be able to save a few pounds. All the money that I have sent you is from savings, because I live alone and I hope, with God’s help, that I’ll make a living, amen. Further, I have no news to write, and when God grants that you pay off your debts, everything will be well. I am closing my writing. Keep well and happy, as is the wish of your faithful husband, who wishes you all a happy new year, Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my dear parents, sisters and brothers, I wish you all that you wish yourselves. I hope shortly to settle all accounts, so that everything will be in order. Keep well, may God grant in the new year that we should forget all our troubles and we should relate in happier times all our news. As is the wish of your son, who wishes you all a happy new year, Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my mother-in-law Neche, and my dear brother-in-law, Moishe Schochet, and my sister and family, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, I wish you all of the best and a happy new year, from your son-in-law and brother-in-law, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar