Letter from H. R. L. Henry to C. Mortimer Bezeau, May 27, 1935


Description
Creators:
Henry, H. R. L., Author
Bezeau, C. Mortimer
, Recipient
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Correspondence
Description:
Typewritten letter from H.R.L. Henry, King's Private Secretary, to C. Mortimer Bezeau on May 27, 1935. Henry thanks Bezeau for his letter on May 23 and assures Bezeau that he had not meant to imply that Bezeau was trespassing on King’s time. He also writes that he is sending back the letters as per his request.

Signature in black ink by H. R. L. Henry.
Notes:
Watermark on page - 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:
May 27, 1935
Dimensions:
Width: 20.2 cm
Height: 25.4 cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
S718_1.2.31
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
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{HOUSE OF COMMONS

CANADA

Leader of the Opposition}

Ottawa

May 27 1935

C. Mortimer Bezeau, Esq.,

12 Ellen Street East,

Kitchener,

Ontario.

Dear Sir:-

I wish to thank you for your letter of May 23rd., and, in compliance with your request, to return the file of correspondence you so kindly forwarded to Mr. King some little time ago.

I need hardly assure you that there was no implication in my letter of acknowledgment that you were trespassing in forwarding the material for Mr. King's perusal. It just so happened that your letter came at a time when Mr, King's Parliamentary duties were most exacting, and it was only held over in the hope that opportunity might be afforded later of reading it.

As Mr. King was away from Ottawa practically throughout the Parliamentary recess, and the demands of the Session, during these past weeks, appear to be even more pressing, I do not see how it will be possible for Mr. King to study the material before prorogation. For that reason I am compelled to comply with your request for the return of the file to you.

Yours faithfully,

[signed] H. R. L. Henry

H. R. L. Henry,

Private Secretary.

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Letter from H. R. L. Henry to C. Mortimer Bezeau, May 27, 1935


Typewritten letter from H.R.L. Henry, King's Private Secretary, to C. Mortimer Bezeau on May 27, 1935. Henry thanks Bezeau for his letter on May 23 and assures Bezeau that he had not meant to imply that Bezeau was trespassing on King’s time. He also writes that he is sending back the letters as per his request.

Signature in black ink by H. R. L. Henry.