Malmesbury, 11 August, 1903

To my dear and loving wife, Taube Kretzmar, and to my dear children, sons David and Noah, and daughters Leah and Freda – may they grow up in wealth and happiness, amen.


Dearest wife, I received your letter last week. I have not enjoyed your account, because I know that you don’t write your accounts in every letter and I don’t know how much you owe. It is only if you feel like it that you tell me what you have done with the money. I sent you £3 to my brother-in-law’s address – it is not my fault that he was away in Rakeshik, otherwise you would have received it in time. Please write what you have done with it, because I sent it before I received your letter. I am not sure that I should send to Yisrael Yaacov’s address.


I am sending you now £5. I know that it is not enough. I don’t know if my father has got enough to advance you. But now that it is possible for me to send more, you should receive another £3, which I have sent to my brother-in-law’s address. In the meantime, you must manage until I send more. Please write when you shall have received the £3 that I sent at Moishe’s address. I am closing my writing – I have no news now – my sales are normal… when they improve, I will write to you. I am fit and well TG and hope to receive the same news from you. Keep well and happy, as is the wish of your devoted husband, Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my dear parents, my brothers and sisters, my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, and all relatives and friends. I am in a hurry to close this letter so as not to miss the post, so please excuse that I am not writing any more. Keep well and happy – as is the wish of your son and son-in-law, Tuvye Kretzmar