Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, October 11, 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 October 11, 1946. King thanks Bezeau for the box of pears and his comments. King also wishes the Bezeau family well.

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
Oct. 11, 1946
Dimensions
Width: 25.2 cm
Height: 20.1 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.76
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,

October 11, 1946

My dear Bezeau:

Let me thank you most warmly for the carton of russet pears which were received at Laurier House in perfect condition a day or two ago. How very kind you are to remind me in this manner from year to year of your interest in horticulture and of your neverfailing friendship.

The pears are indeed delicious, and you know, I think, how much I appreciate all that your gift expresses in other ways.

I have read your letter with real interest and carefully noted its representations. I agree with you that Canadian conditions in industry are a reflection of world conditions. These are indeed difficult times for the world, but not so terrible as the years of war themselves. The horizon, I think, will brighten.

(verso)

I hope Mrs. Bezeau and the members of your family keep well. Please allow this letter to bring to you all my kindest of remembrances.

[handwritten] Yours very sinecerly, [end handwritten]

[signed] W.L.Mackenzie King

C. Mortimer Bezeau, Esq.,

12 Ellen Street East,

Kitchener, Ontario.

Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit




My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

thumbnail








Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, October 11, 1946


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on October 11, 1946. King thanks Bezeau for the box of pears and his comments. King also wishes the Bezeau family well.

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