Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, December 29, 1946
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 December 29, 1946. King thanks Bezeau for his letter and states that he shares the feelings Bezeau expressed.

Signature in blue ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King
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
Dec. 29, 1946
Dimensions
Width: 20.2 cm
Height: 25.2 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.78
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}

Personal

Ottawa,

December 29, 1946

C. Mortimer Bezeau, Esq.,

12 Ellen Street East,

Kitchener, Ontario.

My dear Bezeau:

You sent me, on December 21st, a most interesting letter, which, until today, I have had no chance to acknowledge except by a card of Christmas greetings.

Please believe that I share all your feelings about making progress in the right direction and not allowing individual liberties to be destroyed. Some day, I may have a chance to talk about the matter, also to tell you why certain actions, though unpleasant, were inevitable with regard to one or two of the matters to which your letter refers. With what I have to overtake before the old year is out, I cannot do more than send you a reassuring word as to my remaining true to the faith.

I appreciate deeply your words of encouragement as to my continuing to carry on, and the hope that I may have strength sufficient to stay at the helm.

Please allow this letter to bring to Mrs. Bezeau and yourself, and to all of your family, my good wishes for the New Year.

Yours sincerely,

[signed] W.L.Mackenzie King.

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, December 29, 1946


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on December 29, 1946. King thanks Bezeau for his letter and states that he shares the feelings Bezeau expressed.

Signature in blue ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King