Cape Town, 10 July, 1900

My dearest wife and children,


At first I can tell about my health, that I am TG very well – may God give the same news from you. This week I have not received a letter from you and I don’t know the reason for it. This week there should have arrived your letter number 13, because I received number 12 last week, and this week I waited in vain. I am very sorry but what can I do? Even getting cross won’t help me. So it is best to keep quiet and that will be the best. I am sending you now £3 – from this, you must give my brother-in-law Moishe as much as you will work out he needs, and the balance you must use in good health. Write me how much it amounts in Russian money and how much you’ll give Moishe. And how is the account with my father?


Please write me everything in detail – I have no news to write you now; because if you get a letter it writes by itself. A page gets written quickly – but now while you waiting, like one who has been punished, the writing does not flow at all. It will be enough this time, but you should improve your writing, because if you write and you post it, it arrives. So be well and stay well, as I wish you, your devoted husband, Tuvye Kretzmar

You will be able to send a personal gurus shortly via Moishe Tsabentsieker, he asked his brother Lipman Rubin to take in his son Isaac, so you will be able to send a gurus with him. From me the same.


I greet cordially my dear parents and brother Yaacov. I am very disappointed at not having received a letter from you this week. I wish you good luck. From me, your dear son, Tuvye Kretzmar

I greet cordially my mother-in-law and my brother-in-law, Moishe and his wife, my sister and family and my sister-in-law, Chana Reza, and my brother-in-law, Aaron Morris, be well in happiness, From your dear son, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar