Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, June 11, 1932
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 11, 1932. King reminisces about the lamp lighter in old Berlin and asks Bezeau if he would be able to find him a lamp and post that he can display at his country home.

Additional words and signature handwritten in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King.
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 11, 1932
Dimensions
Width: 22 cm
Height: 25.3 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.24
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}

June 11, 1932

[handwritten] Personal [end handwritten]

His Worship

Mayor Mortimer Bezeau,

Kitchener,

Ontario.

My dear Bezeau:

One of my earliest recollections of old Berlin was the lamp lighter who went his rounds ere the close of day, hooked his ladder to an iron rod that ran through the lamp post about a foot or more from the [handwritten] lamp [end handwritten] itself, and then proceeded to light the oil lamp which found its place in a four sided glass enclosure covered by a tin top.

That day is long since past, but I am most anxious, if at all possible, to secure one of these lames and lamp posts as well, if [handwritten] any are [end handwritten] still available, to put up at the entrance to the grounds of my home in the country. A couple of years ago, I wrote Sims and asked him if he could secure one for me. He was, however, unsuccessful at the time, but I have felt that, as Mayor, you would be in a better

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position than he was, and, indeed, be in the best position of any one to discover whether one of these lamps could not be found, somewhere, somehow, for me.

It does not matter how old in appearance the lamp may be, or whether, as in all probability would be the case, the glass were shattered. If I could get the metal frame, I would be able to have it properly painted and the glass replaced, and also secure a lamp if the old one has disappeared. Indeed, I might arrange to insert an electric light in it. I imagine there might be difficulty in securing one of the old poles on which the lamp was mounted, though if one could be obtained, that would be all to the good. What I want is the genuine article to which I can point and say it came from my own home town, which, as long as life itself continues, will evoke many cherished memories.

I am sure if you ask someone connected with your board of works, [handwritten] he [end handwritten] will be able somewhere to dig up what I want. If at all successful, I would be more than obliged if you would just place the order for the lamp and post and their shipment to me at Ottawa by freight. The shipment had

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better be made payable on delivery, and the account for the articles and the cost of crating, etc., mailed direct to me.

I have less hesitancy in asking you to interest yourself in this matter, as I know the satisfaction and pleasure it will be to you to do so, especially if successful in the venture. I need scarcely say that the association of your own term of office, with [^handwritten] the [^end handwritten] acquisition of this souvenir of childhood days would be a feature of added interest and satisfaction to myself.

With kind regards,

Yours very sincerely,

[signed] W.L. Mackenzie King

P. S.: I am sorry I did not know, when I passed through Kitchener on Thursday of this week,[^handwritten] [?] [?] return journey [^end handwritten] that it was the tenth anniversary of the incorporation of Kitchener as a city.

[initialed] W.L.M.K.

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, June 11, 1932


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on June 11, 1932. King reminisces about the lamp lighter in old Berlin and asks Bezeau if he would be able to find him a lamp and post that he can display at his country home.

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