Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Mrs. C. E. Hoffman, March 27, 1911
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 March 27, 1911. King discusses the possibility of renting her house for the summer, but states that his stay will depend on when the current parliamentary sessions is finished. King will call on her next time he is in Berlin.
Notes
Watermark on page - Antique Vellum Wove


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
March 27, 1911
Dimensions
Width: 25.5 cm
Height: 20.2 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_2.1.2
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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Full Text

{HOUSE OF COMMONS

CANADA}

Ottawa,

March 27, 11

Dear Mrs. Hoffman:

I thank you for your kindness in writing me as to the possibility of your house being available during part of the summer should you decide to take a change and rest. At the moment

(page 2)

my own plans for the summer are too undefinable and depend on so many unforeseen contingencies that it is not possible for me, to say [?] whether or when it may be possible for me to [?] up for a month or two. I am anxious to do so if at all possible and have as a matter

(page 3)

of fact made an inquiry or two as to furnished houses and promised consideration to one or two offers. I should like to have a chance of considering the security of your house a little later on should you think of renting it for a short time. It may be that a month will be as long a time as I can spare

(page 4)

but I shall endeavour to make it [?].

I will keep your letter confidential and when next in Berlin will call and have a talk with you if that can be conveniently arranged.

with kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

[signed] W.L. Mackenzie King

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Mrs. C. E. Hoffman, March 27, 1911


Handwritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Mrs. C.E Hoffman on March 27, 1911. King discusses the possibility of renting her house for the summer, but states that his stay will depend on when the current parliamentary sessions is finished. King will call on her next time he is in Berlin.