Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Mrs. C. E. Hoffman, July 14, 1910
Description
Creators
King, William Lyon Mackenzie, Author
Hoffman, C. E. Mrs
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Mrs. C.E Hoffman on July 14, 1910. King offers his sympathies to Mrs. Hoffman after the death of her husband.
Notes
Embossed Ministry of Labour Canada seal at top of page
Decorative watermark
Chains are visible


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.

Wilhelmie “Minnie” Pattison (1864-1946) was born in Fergus, Ontario on December 15, 1864. She married C. Everett Hoffman in April of 1888, and they settled in Berlin, Ontario (present day Kitchener). After her husband’s death in 1910 Mrs. Hoffman continued to live at 117 Queen Street North, Berlin. She married Major George A. Heather in 1918. Mrs. Heather died in Kitchener, Ontario on March 18, 1946.

Early correspondence with William Lyon Mackenzie King is under the name Mrs. Hoffman; after 1918, she uses the name Mrs. Heather.

Transcribed by Danielle Hughes in 2017.
Date of Original
July 14, 1910
Dimensions
Width: 22.2 cm
Height: 17.8 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_2.1.1
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
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

Ottawa. July 14-10

My dear Mrs. Hoffman :

I was much pained in looking tonight at The Globe of yesterday to read of your bereavement, and [?] to express to you my sincere and deepest sympathy. I had heard a few days ago that Mr. Hoffman was not well

(page 2)

but had never thought of his illness as serious The end has come with a suddenness it is hard to realize.

Words are of little avail at a time of so great trial, for your grief is too great to be expressed or consoled by words. I can only hope that in this sympathy of your friends - a sympathy that will

(page 3)

be universal - you will feel that you are not alone, and that a [?] [?] [?] even friends can bring [?] to yours at this time.

With deepest sympathy

I am sincerely yours,

[signed] W.L. Mackenzie King

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Mrs. C. E. Hoffman, July 14, 1910


Handwritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Mrs. C.E Hoffman on July 14, 1910. King offers his sympathies to Mrs. Hoffman after the death of her husband.