Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, July 26, 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 July 26, 1932. King informs Bezeau that Mr. William Knell sent him two old Berlin lamps and lamp posts, and that he wishes to reimburse the costs. King also tells that William Daum Euler admired the lamps when he lunched at King's home.

Signature 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:
July 26, 1932
Dimensions:
Width: 20.2 cm
Height: 25.4 cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
S718_1.2.25
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
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{LAURIER HOUSE,

OTTAWA.}

July 26, 1932

My dear Bezeau:

Had I not been travelling about so much, I would have let you know before this of Mr. William Knell's kindness in sending me two of the old Berlin street lamps, and specifications of the standards. Mr. Knell certainly went to considerable trouble and expense in reconditioning and shipping the lamps to me for, with the fresh glass and painting he gave them, they looked like new. They are now in place, one at the entrance to my home at Kingsmere, and the other in the centre of the grounds.

Already they have attracted the attention and interest of some of those who have been visitors to the Imperial Conference. Among those who have seen and admired them is our friend Euler who, with one or two others, came out to the country to lunch with me on the day of the opening of the Conference.

(page 2)

I just can't say how delighted I am to have these interesting and historical souvenirs of bygone days. They bring their note of joy to my heart each time that I pass them by.

Should you see William Knell, I wish you would persuade him to let you know what his disbursements were, and send on a statement to me so that I can make payment. I would be much happier than to feel so greatly under obligation to him, as well as to you and other friends, for all the trouble to which you have gone in this matter.

With kindest remembrances and regards,

Believe me,

Yours very sincerely,

[signed] W.L.Mackenzie King

His Worship

C. Mortimer Bezeau,

Mayor of Kitchener,

Kitchener, Ont.

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, July 26, 1932


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on July 26, 1932. King informs Bezeau that Mr. William Knell sent him two old Berlin lamps and lamp posts, and that he wishes to reimburse the costs. King also tells that William Daum Euler admired the lamps when he lunched at King's home.

Signature in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King.