Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, September 13, 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 September 13, 1946. King acknowledges Bezeau’s earlier letter and says that he will tell his colleagues of Bezeau’s thoughts and that King may be in Kitchener but does not know when.

Additional words and signature handwritten in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King
Notes
Watermark on page - Rolland


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
Sept. 13, 1946
Dimensions
Width: 12.6 cm
Height: 20.1 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.74
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

{OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

CANADA}

Personal

Ottawa

September 13, 1946

[handwritten] My dear Bezeau : [end handwritten]

I have just received and read with interest your letter of September 11th. I shall be pleased to see that my colleagues are made aware of its representations.

This is only a line of acknowledgment, as I have not time for more at the moment, but it carries with it, as always, my kinest remembrances and regards to yourself. I am hoping, one of these days, to visit Kitchener again, but I am not too certain when that opportunity may come.

[handwritten] with all good wishes

Yours sincerely [end handwritten]

[signed] W.L.Mackenzie King.

C. Mortimer Bezeau, Esq.,

12 Ellen Street E.,

Kitchener, Ont.

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, September 13, 1946


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on September 13, 1946. King acknowledges Bezeau’s earlier letter and says that he will tell his colleagues of Bezeau’s thoughts and that King may be in Kitchener but does not know when.

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