Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, November 3, 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 November 3, 1931. King thanks Bezeau for the box of russet pears and the compliments on his speech in London. King hopes that Bezeau is enjoying his duties as mayor and that he regrets that the city is no longer named Berlin.

Additional words and signature handwritten in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Additional words handwritten in pencil by unknown source.
Notes
Watermark on page - Antique Parchment Note Paper


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
Nov. 3, 1931
Dimensions
Width: 23 cm
Height: 17.7 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.23
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

{Laurier House,

Ottawa.}

Private November 3, 1931

My dear Bezeau:

I have been a long time in writing to thank you for the box of russet pears which arrived at Laurier House some weeks ago. I was busy at the moment preparing material for the London speech, and since that date have been travelling about so much and so occupied with a number of pressing engagements, that I have had little or no chance for correspondence.

In the interval, your letter of October 22nd has also been received. May I now thank you for both. The pears, I am happy to say, are still in evidence, although, with the exception of a day or two, I have been enjoying them ever since the box was received. I have never tasted more delicious fruit, and I have had the same verdict from those with whom I have had the privilege of sharing your gift. It

(page 2)

was really very kind of you to have permitted me to share so large a portion of your harvest of the present year.

I am glad you like what I said at London. I expect there are a good many who would prefer that I had made no allusion whatever to Beauharnois. Personally, I deemed it all-important that the true position of that situation, deplorable in some particulars, but admirable in others, should be fully known. I also feel that out of it from now on we should find a better way of dealing with party organization. With this in mind, I spoke as I did.

I am inclined to view the Sifton outburst as anything but misfortune. It was sure to come sooner or later, as Sifton resented very strongly the failure of himself and other members of his family to obtain a renewal of the Georgian Bay charter at the time the late Liberal Administration was in power. His action is so transparent that I doubt if he has done harm to anyone but himself.

I hope all is going well with you, and that you continue to enjoy your official duties as Mayor of the city of my birth. Personally, I never cease to regret that its name does not continue to

(page 3)

be that which rightfully belongs to it, which is the only name that could [have] [been] known to its founders and [^handwritten] so [^end handwritten] many of those who have since passed away.

With kindest regards and all good wishes,

Believe me, as always,

Yours very sincerely,

[signed] W.L. Mackenzie King

(reverso)

[handwritten] Twas you that made me wear old close [end handwritten]

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, November 3, 1931


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on November 3, 1931. King thanks Bezeau for the box of russet pears and the compliments on his speech in London. King hopes that Bezeau is enjoying his duties as mayor and that he regrets that the city is no longer named Berlin.

Additional words and signature handwritten in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Additional words handwritten in pencil by unknown source.