Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, January 3, 1949


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 January 3, 1949. King thanks Bezeau for the birthday greetings and explains that he is touched by all the references and compliments he is getting from people about his political life. King shares his feelings about Louis St. Laurent.


Additional words and signature handwritten in black 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:
Jan. 3, 1949
Dimensions:
Width: 20.4 cm
Height: 25.3 cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
S718_1.2.81
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

{LAURIER HOUSE,

OTTAWA.}

January 3, 1949

[handwritten] My dear Bezeau : [end handwritten]

I was delighted to receive your letter of greetings and good wishes on my seventy-fourth birthday anniversary. If I have delayed so long in sending an acknowledgment, it is because I have been obliged to limit my activities as much as possible, and also because the Christmas season has made exceptional demands upon my time and energy.

I thank you particulary for your kind references to such part as I have thus far had in the public life of our country. Nothing has touched me more deeply at this time of retirement from the office of Prime Minister than the many expressions of goodwill which have come to me from all parts of Canada and abroad. Among the number, I shall always gratefully remember the one so kindly sent by yourself.

You must not cherish doubts about the future of the Liberal Party, but rather continue to put forth all the effort you can to make its influence greater than ever. I can assure you that I have come to know few if any more genuinely disinterested public men than Mr. St. Laurent. I know of no man of finer integrity and none more genuinely sympathetic with the people, I may tell you, confidentially, that but for the great support which I had from him I might never have succeeded in getting through the policy of the family allowances. I should say that strict adherence to principles of "truth, justice and righteousness" are, with Mr. St. Laurent, outstanding characteristics.

I hope Mrs .Bezeau and the other members of your family keep well. Please allow this letter to bring to them and to you, one and all, my very best of wishes for the New Year.

[handwritten] with kindest remembrances and regards,

Yours very sincerely, [end handwritten]

[signed] W.L.Mackenzie King

C. Mortimer Bezeau

12 Ellen Street East,

Kitchener, Ontario

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, January 3, 1949


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on January 3, 1949. King thanks Bezeau for the birthday greetings and explains that he is touched by all the references and compliments he is getting from people about his political life. King shares his feelings about Louis St. Laurent.


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