Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, October 24, 1940
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 October 24, 1940. King thanks Bezeau for the box of russet pears and assures him that his government will be closely watching the post-war conditions.

Additional words and signature handwritten in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King
Notes
Watermark on page - Rolland
Watermark on envelope - 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
Oct. 24 1940
Dimensions
Width: 12.6 cm
Height: 20.2 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.46
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

{OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

CANADA}

Ottawa,

October 24, 1940

[handwritten] My dear Bezeau : [end handwritten]

The carton of russet pears which you have so kindly sent to me has been duly received at Laurier House. I thank you most heartily for this gift so welcome at this particular season of the year, but even more welcome as an expression of your never failing friendship. The pears are most delicious.

I have carefully noted what you say about the movement to organize for taking care of post war conditions. I wish I could be sure that the right moment for such a movement had come. Post war conditions have, of course, to be kept continuously in mind but who can say what these conditions are likely to be at the close of the present war. You may be sure that my colleagues and I will not fail to watch closely the forces that may be behind any such movement. Properly directed, nothing could be better; in the wrong hands, nothing could be worse.

[handwritten] With kindest remembrances, warmest thanks and all good wishes, Believe me always sincerely yours, [end handwritten]

[signed] W.L.Mackenzie King

C. Mortimer Bezeau,

12 Ellen St. East,

Kitchener, Ont.

(envelope front)

C. Mortimer Bezeau,

12 Ellen St. East,

Kitchener, Ont.

[signed] W. L. M. K.

[signed] P. M

(envelope back)

{OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

CANADA}

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, October 24, 1940


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on October 24, 1940. King thanks Bezeau for the box of russet pears and assures him that his government will be closely watching the post-war conditions.

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