Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, June 5, 1931
Description
Creators
King, William Lyon Mackenzie, Author
Bezeau, C. Mortimer
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on June 5, 1931. King thanks Bezeau for his letter regarding unemployment. He promises to not to bring Kitchener or Bezeau into any controversy over unemployment.

Signature in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Additional words handwritten in pencil from unknown source.
Notes
Watermark on pages - Rolland Parchment / Made in Canada


William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950) was Canada's longest serving Prime Minister with a total of 22 years (1921-1930 and 1935-1948). King was born in Berlin, Ontario (present day Kitchener) on December 17, 1874. He graduated from the University of Toronto and went on to study economics at Harvard and Chicago University. In 1900 King was named Canada's first Deputy Minister of Labour, and became Minister of Labour in 1909. In 1921 King was elected Prime Minster of Canada. King was a member of the Liberal Party of Parliament for over 30 years, 22 of those years were spent as Prime Minister of Canada. William Lyon Mackenzie King died on July 22, 1950 in Kingsmere, Quebec.

C. Mortimer Bezeau (1871-1964) was a politician in Kitchener, Ontario and a long-standing member of the Liberal Party. He held positions in local government in 1925-1926 and 1928, and was mayor of Kitchener from 1931-1932. Bezeau made many contributions to the 'Letter to the Editor' portions of The Globe and Mail regarding various political matters and opinions. C. Mortimer Bezeau died in 1964 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Ontario.

Throughout William Lyon Mackenzie King's career the two men corresponded via typed or handwritten letters and exchanged gifts.

Transcribed by Danielle Hughes in 2017.
Date of Original
June 5, 1931
Dimensions
Width: 20.3 cm
Height: 25.4 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.21
Collection
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.42094 Longitude: -75.69029
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
Reproduction Notes
S718 Disc 1
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{HOUSE OF COMMONS

CANADA

Leader of the Opposition}

Ottawa, June 5, 1931

His Worship C. Mortimer Bezeau,

Mayor,

Kitchener,

Ontario.

My dear Bezeau:

I am sorry to have been so long in acknowledging your letter of some days ago. I shall, of course, be careful not to bring either yourself or the city of which you are the worthy Mayor into any controversy in discussions on the unemployment problem.

It is interesting, however, to see how literally fulfilled has been all that I said with respect to the concern of the Tory party for unemployment.

I am very sorry that your great modesty and considerateness of the time of others prvented you from letting me know that you were in the city some days ago. Please never come to Ottawa without giving me a chance for at least a few words with you. I missed seeing in the press any reference to the gathering at which you

(page 2)

were present. Otherwise, I should certainly have looked you up myself.

With kindest personal regards, believe me,

Yours very sincerely,

[signed] W.L.Mackenzie King

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, June 5, 1931


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on June 5, 1931. King thanks Bezeau for his letter regarding unemployment. He promises to not to bring Kitchener or Bezeau into any controversy over unemployment.

Signature in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Additional words handwritten in pencil from unknown source.