Letter from Francis Giddens to Mrs. C. E Hoffman, May 19, 1911
Description
Creators
Giddens, Francis, Author
Hoffman, C. E. Mrs
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Typewritten letter from Francis Giddens, private secretary to William Lyon Mackenzie King, to Mrs. C.E Hoffman on May 19, 1911. Giddens writes Mrs. Hoffman stating that he has enclosed the agreement of King renting her house in Berlin.

Signature in black ink by Francis Giddens
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
May 19, 1911
Dimensions
Width: 20.5 cm
Height: 25.6 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_2.1.5
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

Ottawa,May,1911

Dear Mrs.Hoffman:

As directed by Mr.King,I beg to enclose copy of memorandum setting forth the arrangement made in regard to your house in Berlin.

Enc--

Yours very truly,

[signed] Francis Giddens

Mrs.Hoffman,

C/o Mrs.C.Ross,

295 Metcalfe Street,

Ottawa.

(page 2)

(Copy for Mrs .Hoffman )

Memorandum for Mr .King

Called on Mrs .Hoffman at 117 Queen Street North,Berlin, today,and after speaking with Minister over long distance phone arranged with her that Mr.King would engage her house from May 29th until June 29th at a rental of $50. House to remain as at present with all furnishings except a few things in the nature of wedding presents and souvenirs which Mrs.Hoffman wished to put away. Maid (Nellie Dingley) to be engaged at $3.00 per week from May 15 to May 29th and her board to be paid from the 15th until the time house occupied by Minister. The gardener to be paid 25 cents an hour for any work he may be engaged to do,such as cutting grass,etc. Any coal and wood used and gas to be paid for,as well as proportion of telephone charges.

If Minister wishes to have the house and servant for one or two weeks longer or a further period,this privilege to be accorded him at the same rate.

Wages to be paid to servant.

Rent and other charges to be paid to Mr.Laing,who has also authority to deal with other matters if necessary.

May 13,1911.

(Sgd) Francis Giddens ,

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Letter from Francis Giddens to Mrs. C. E Hoffman, May 19, 1911


Typewritten letter from Francis Giddens, private secretary to William Lyon Mackenzie King, to Mrs. C.E Hoffman on May 19, 1911. Giddens writes Mrs. Hoffman stating that he has enclosed the agreement of King renting her house in Berlin.

Signature in black ink by Francis Giddens