Letter from Francis Giddens to C. L. Laing, September 23, 1911
Description
Creators
Giddens, Francis, Author
Laing, C. L.
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Typewritten letter from Francis Giddens, private secretary to William Lyon Mackenzie King, to C. L. Laing, manager of the Bank of Hamilton in Berlin, Ontario on September 23, 1911. Giddens informs Laing of the enclosed cheque from King to Mrs. Hoffman.

Additional words and signature handwritten in black ink by Francis Giddens
Notes
Embossed Ministry of Labour Canada seal at top of both pages
Decorative watermark
Chains 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
Sept. 23, 1911
Dimensions
Width: 19.6 cm
Height: 25.4 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_2.1.9
Collection
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4501 Longitude: -80.48299
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

Berlin, September 23,1911.

Dear Sir:

I beg to enclose Mr .King’s cheque for $88.00,in full of amount due Mrs .Hoffman,as per account enclosed. Will you kindly receipt account and return to me at the Department of Labour, Ottawa.

Enc—

Yours truly,

[signed] Francis Giddens

Private Secretary.

C.L.Laing Esq.,

Manager,Bank of Hamilton,

Berlin.

[handwritten] P.S. The telephone is in at present & has been paid for till end of October. Mrs Hoffman may as well have the benefit of it for that period & for this reason Mr.King is leaving it in. FG [end handwritten]

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Letter from Francis Giddens to C. L. Laing, September 23, 1911


Typewritten letter from Francis Giddens, private secretary to William Lyon Mackenzie King, to C. L. Laing, manager of the Bank of Hamilton in Berlin, Ontario on September 23, 1911. Giddens informs Laing of the enclosed cheque from King to Mrs. Hoffman.

Additional words and signature handwritten in black ink by Francis Giddens