Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, October 22, 1940
Description
Creators
King, William Lyon Mackenzie, Recipient
Bezeau, C. Mortimer
, Author
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on October 22, 1940. Bezeau informs King he has sent him some russet pears and that he feels uneasy about the current state of world affairs.
Notes
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
Oct. 22 1940
Dimensions
Width: 20 cm
Height: 25 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.45
Collection
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4501 Longitude: -80.48299
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

October 22, 1940

Right Honourable W.L.M.King:-

Laurier House

Ottawa, Ontario.

Dear Mr. King:-

Today I am sending to you by Canadian National Express a small carton of russet pears which I trust you will accept and enjoy.

There is so much at this time about which one might write, but no one can be better informed than yourself regarding the more outstanding current events. However I would like to note that a movement is on foot to organize for the purpose of taking care of post war conditions. Having in mind the men who attempted to float the “Win the War League” a quarter century ago, as well as some other movements in past years, and having no definite information regarding the men behind the new movements, I cannot avoid the suspicion that the movement has for its object the defeat of the Liberal party, and the perpetuation of the economic system which, twice within your life time and mine, has been the primary cause of the world being set on fire.

It is not pleasant to think that while one political party is putting forth every possible effort to stem the tide of destruction which is sweeping over the earth another group of men should be fostering a movement to continue a system which is largely responsible for the present world upheaval.

Within your memory and mine the Liberal party has fought many strenuous battles in defense of right, and truth and justice; but I predict that when the international conflict is ended the Liberal party will be faced with a task vastly greater and much more important to the welfare of humanity than any it has heretofore known.

I hope I am wrong. When this war is ended I would like to see the world of today glide smoothly into the world of tomorrow; hut I fear it is not to be. However, as I said before I hope I am wrong.

Yours very sincerely,

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Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, October 22, 1940


Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on October 22, 1940. Bezeau informs King he has sent him some russet pears and that he feels uneasy about the current state of world affairs.