Malmesbury, 16 June, 1901

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


My dear wife, I received your letter last week. I was glad to hear about your wellbeing, may God grant that we should always be well as long as we are destined to talk to each other by letter, and that we should be able to inform each other that all goes well and that we should be reunited. I, from my side, can inform you that I am in good health and spirits and I wish that my letter should find you in similar conditions.


I am enclosing with this letter the sum of £5 sterling. Use it in good health and pay as much as possible of the debts, and further I pray to God that He should grant me success that I should be able to buy everything for cash. If you have cash in hand, it makes no difference if you need it or not. It is better not to buy on credit. May God redeem us from the galut, amen. I close my writing, keep well and happy and in good spirits, as is the wish of your faithful husband, Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my dear parents, my father, Yehuda Leib Kretzmar, and my chaste and modest mother, Beile, my brothers and sisters, may they all live well. I wish you all every success and everything you wish yourself, as is the wish of your son and brother, Tuvye Kretzmar

© Kaplan Centre
Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar