Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, December 16, 1938
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 December 16, 1938. Bezeau congratulates King on another birthday and informs him that although Mrs. Bezeau is still sick she joins him in sending birthday wishes.
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
Dec. 16, 1938
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.8 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.41
Collection
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4501 Longitude: -80.48299
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

December 16, 1938

Right Honourable W.L.Mackenzie King

Laurier House,

Ottawa, Canada.

Dear Mr. King:-

When you read this you will have reached another milestone in your busy ands useful life. I congratulate you,

It is regretable that the occasion should be marred by the actions of one who, brooding over imaginary wrongs has seen fit to constitute himself your enemy when he should publicly proclaim himself your friend.

A minor position which I hold under the Provincial Government renders inadvisable a public pronouncement of my views on the matter at this time. Perhaps it is just as well that it is so.

Mrs. Bezeau, though still confined to her bed, watches with keen interest your efforts to promote the best interests of the people of Canada; and she joins me in this message.

Your sincere friend,

C.MORTIMER BEZEAU

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Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, December 16, 1938


Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on December 16, 1938. Bezeau congratulates King on another birthday and informs him that although Mrs. Bezeau is still sick she joins him in sending birthday wishes.