Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, October 22, 1930
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 22, 1930. King thanks Bezeau for the pears and the compliments given about his recent address in Parliament. King also tells Bezeau of the goings on in the government under the new Prime Minister and that he does not like being the 'opposition'.

Additional words and signature handwritten in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Notes
Watermark on all three pages - 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. 22, 1930
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 25.4 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.17
Collection
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.42094 Longitude: -75.69029
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
Reproduction Notes
S718 Disc 1
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
Website:
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{LAURIER HOUSE,

OTTAWA.}

[handwritten] Personal [end handwritten]

October 22, 1930.

C. Mortimer Bezeau, Esq.,

12 Ellen Street East,

Kitchener, Ontario.

My dear Bezeau:

Nothing could be more delicious that the pears which you sent to me some days ago, and which I have since been more than enjoying. The friends with whom I have shared a portion of your large basket have agreed with me that their quality could not be surpassed.

I wish very much that I could find it possible to grow something of the same kind at my little “farm” in the country at Kingsmere. I have done pretty well with raspberries, potatoes, asparagus, etc., but thus far have had but little success in pears. Let me thank you very warmly for the gift itself and for your never failing remembrance and friendship.

Let me thank you too for your kind words of reference to my small part in the recent special session. It was a most difficult task and a most unpleasant one. It was bad enough to be in opposition, when one felt that there was a

(page 2)

certain injustice in the verdict of July last, but it was even worse to see all that one had striven hardest to achieve being so largely destroyed at a single stroke. How difficult it is to create surpluses and how easy it is to create debt! How difficult it is to keep down the cost of living by lowering tariffs, and how easy to raise the cost of living by raising tariffs! It was cruel business to see the latter courses pursued at a session which had been thought of only as a political device in general campaign, and not even seriously entertained as a probability at the time it was suggested by the one who proposed it.

Nothing could be more farcical than the course pursued by Mr. Bennett in London. It would be wholly ludicrous, were it not that its effects upon political parties in Britain and upon all intra-imperial relations may have serious repercussion in more directions than one.

I am eagerly looking forward to again speaking in public on the political issues, but for obvious reasons have thought it wise to remain silent until the Imperial Conference is over. One thing at least Bennett has done for good and all is that he has served to make clear the difference between the so-called two old political parties.

(page 3)

I am glad to gather from your letter that Mrs. Bezeau and all the members of your family are well. Please tell Mrs. Bezeau how very much I have appreciated the gift which has come from you and her, and give to her and to all the members of your family, and accept for yourself, my best of wishes always.

With kindest regards,

Believe me, my dear Bezeau,

[handwritten] Very [end handwritten] sincerely [handwritten] your friend [end handwritten]

[signed] WLMackenzie King

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, October 22, 1930


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on October 22, 1930. King thanks Bezeau for the pears and the compliments given about his recent address in Parliament. King also tells Bezeau of the goings on in the government under the new Prime Minister and that he does not like being the 'opposition'.

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