Letter from Wilfrid Laurier to Mrs. H. A. Sanderson, December 19, 1916


Description
Creators:
Laurier, Wilfrid, Correspondent
Sanderson, Mrs. H. A.
, Recipient
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Correspondence
Description:
Handwritten and signed letter from Wilfrid Laurier to Mrs. Harry Arthur Sanderson on December 19, 1916. Laurier responds to Sanderson's questions about is actions during the South African war. Includes stamped envelope.
Notes:
Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919) was Canada's eighth Prime Minister, holding office 1896-1911. Laurier was born in St. Lin, Quebec. He received a law degree from McGill University in 1864, and practiced law in Montreal and Arthabaskville from 1864-1896. Wilfrid Laurier was Liberal party leader from 1887 until his death in 1919.

Transcribed by Katherine Karpiak in June 2013.
Date of Original:
Dec. 19, 1916
Dimensions:
Width: 12.5 cm
Height: 20 cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
S706_2.8
Collection:
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collection
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.42094 Longitude: -75.69029
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Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation:
Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
Reproduction Notes:
S706 Disc2
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Full Text

335 LAURIER AVENUE EAST,

OTTAWA.

Dec. 19, 1916,

Dear Madame,

I thank you very sincerely for writing me so frankly & so cordially. It will be a pleasure, & even more than a pleasure, to answer your queries, & to give complete information on the subject which now

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troubles you. You tell me that your clergyman makes two charges against me:

1° That I was not doing my part in recruiting in Quebec.

2° That I did not advocate Canadians assisting the “Old Land”, at the time of the South African

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War.”

You then ask me what makes your friend so believe & so assert. As to this, the reason is very obvious. Your friend repeats what he reads in Tory papers, such as the Toronto News & others of the same ilk. If he had taken the trouble to investigate the facts, he

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would be more careful about his statements. I would not in any way impugn his honor, but I absolutely challenge his asseverations.

As to the present war, here are the facts:

In the year 1914, I opened the campaign for recruiting in Quebec, in the month of September, at a meeting in Montreal.

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335 LAURIER AVENUE EAST,

OTTAWA.

In 1915, I addressed meetings, at St. Lin, my native parish, at Sherbrooke, at Montreal;

In 1916 at Montreal again, at [?], at Montreal once more, a large open air meeting, & lately in Quebec City.

That is all that I can remember at the

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moment, but there are other meetings of less importance, which I do not now recall.

As to the South African war,

I was then prime minister; it is matter of history that Canada sent three contingents within the few first

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months of the war. So, I fail to see what is the point of the charge against me, when the facts thus speak so clearly.

I hope that you will communicate to your friend, my answer to his strictures, & if you desire some further information, I will be only too well pleased to provide it.

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Accept my very sincere thanks for your great kindness & believe me, with great respect.

Yours very sincerely

Wilfrid Laurier

Mrs. H.A. Sanderson

Waterford

Ont.

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Letter from Wilfrid Laurier to Mrs. H. A. Sanderson, December 19, 1916


Handwritten and signed letter from Wilfrid Laurier to Mrs. Harry Arthur Sanderson on December 19, 1916. Laurier responds to Sanderson's questions about is actions during the South African war. Includes stamped envelope.