Malmesbury, 20 February, 1903

To my dear and precious 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, amen.


My dear wife, last week I received no letter from you. I can tell you that I have verrrible – I am offended – but I can’t be cross with you. It happens sometimes that one misses a letter, because I’ve had the same experience, and so I’m not cross. I can tell you that I am enclosing in this letter £5, as we have already been introduced to Rosh Chodesh of Adar. (A quote from the Mishna) ‘At the beginning of Adar, one must begin to be happy.’ As God will send his blessings in prosperity and we will all be blessed with wealth and happiness. With the money you must pay to whomever you owe money. Before Pesach I will send you more money, as much as possible. Further, I can tell you that I am in good health and spirits – may God grant that this letter should find you the same. I must close my writing.


I can inform you that I have a guest. If you remember Mendel Wolfson – he once slept over with us. We have enjoyed ourselves and he made inquiries about everybody. Further, there is no news. I greet and kiss you. From me, your faithful husband, who wishes you the best of luck, Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my dear parents, brothers and sisters. I can inform you that I am TG in good health. May I hear the same from you. Further, everything is as it was. I feel well. May God continue thus, and that I should be able to reward you for everything. Keep well and happy – as is the wish of your son and brother, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar