Malmesbury, 3 October, 1903

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

My dear wife, I want to tell you that I am in good health and spirits – may God grant that this letter should find you in a similar condition and that we should receive good news from each other. At present, the sales are medium, but better sales are not far. I hope that God will provide everything that is necessary.


I reckon that when you receive this letter you should also receive money and I await your acknowledgement that I shall know how and when. [when she will arrive – Ed.] I assume that you have already sent a letter and that I shall shortly receive it. I am waiting for it with impatience.


At present I have no further news. I think I have written enough. So it shall be enough. I am closing my writing. I greet and kiss you heartily, from me, your ever faithful husband, who is waiting for your arrival, Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my dear parents, my father, Yehuda Leib Kretzmar, and my chaste and modest mother, Beile, and my brother, Yaacov Kretzmar, and my sisters, Hinda and Chana. My dear parents, I greet you cordially and I wish you all the best of luck, wherever you are. Keep well and in good spirits, as is the wish of your son and brother,  Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my dear mother-in-law, the chaste and modest Neche, as well as my brother-in-law, Moishe Schochet, and his wife, my sister Sarah, and her family, sister-in-law, Chana Reza, keep well and in good spirits, as is the wish of your son-in-law, brother-in-law, and brother. Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar