Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Mrs. C. E. Hoffman, May 2, 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 May 2, 1911. King writes Mrs. Hoffman to inform her that his plans are still dependent on parliament and that he does not wish to delay her trip abroad.
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
May 2, 1911
Dimensions
Width: 25.4 cm
Height: 20.3 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_2.1.3
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:
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{HOUSE OF COMMONS

CANADA}

Ottawa, May 2 – 1911

Dear Mrs. Hoffman :

I wish it were possible for me to say [?] plans for the summer it is going to be possible to [?]. Unfortunately all of us are uncertain at the moment as to how long Parliament will continue

(page 2)

in session, we may be here two months or four longer, or it may be two weeks or four, it looks to me as if it would be well on into the summer. Under the circumstances I feel I cannot ask you to delay any of your arrangements on my account though I am more than deeply obliged to you for your kindness in thinking

(page 3)

of me in connection with your house. The arrangement you speak of, which would include the housekeeper would be an ideal one for me were I in a position to make a definite engagement, but my movements being [?] dependent on what happens in and with parliament I have unhappily no alternative but to wish as I do. If before you leave for England

(page 4)

[?] change, I will be glad to write you again, should I not have this pleasure I hope your trip will be a pleasant one and that you will enjoy your stay abroad.

With kind regards,

Believe me

Yours sincerely,

[signed] W.L.Mackenzie King

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Mrs. C. E. Hoffman, May 2, 1911


Handwritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Mrs. C.E Hoffman on May 2, 1911. King writes Mrs. Hoffman to inform her that his plans are still dependent on parliament and that he does not wish to delay her trip abroad.