Letter from Mrs. C. E. Hoffman to William Lyon Mackenzie King, January 28, 1912
Description
Creators
King, William Lyon Mackenzie, Recipient
Hoffman, C. E. Mrs
, Author
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Mrs. C. E. Hoffman to William Lyon Mackenzie King on January 28, 1912. Mrs. Hoffman requests to be paid for rent and damages to household items. She also mentions the telephone issue.
Notes
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
Jan. 28, 1912
Dimensions
Width: 11.4 cm
Height: 17.9 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_2.1.12
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

Jan 28th 1912

Dear Mr.King

Would you kindly ask Mr.Giddens as I have not his address, what settlement he made about the telephone while you had possession of this place? I had paid from April 1st/11 until Oct 1st/11 & on coming home found my name out of the book as a subscriber & yours in for [?] 21. I only got a refund from July 4th until Oct 1st amounting to $6.30. Has Mr. Giddens any record of it from the middle of May until July 4th.

(page 2)

I also wrote him about the house having been rented to you from Aug 1st 11 until Oct 1st 11 but I do not believe you cabled me for the house for Aug & part of Sept: it was decided you should have it until Sept 15th then you wanted to have it until about the election. I wrote consenting that you should have it until end of Sept. making two full months Aug and Sept. He probably has my letters to that effect. Also you assumed all responsibility for your servant. I am not charging damages done by children.

(page 3)

did not expect the servant would keep any in the house. but enclose a few of the larger items so that you will understand in case Mr.Giddens has not fully explained to you.

I am trying to have the telephone affair straightened out now. I would have written you before but did not know your address.

Yours sincerely

M. Hoffman

(page 4)

One month rent

$12–50

Coal & gas 1–00

One large covered Garbage can 2.50

One parlor chair broken 1.00

Gardener 1.00

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Letter from Mrs. C. E. Hoffman to William Lyon Mackenzie King, January 28, 1912


Handwritten letter from Mrs. C. E. Hoffman to William Lyon Mackenzie King on January 28, 1912. Mrs. Hoffman requests to be paid for rent and damages to household items. She also mentions the telephone issue.