Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to N. W. Rowell, July 6, 1926
Description
Creators
King, William Lyon Mackenzie, Author
Rowell, N. W.
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to N. W. Rowell, Liberal Party member and former MPP, on July 6, 1926. King strongly urges Rowell to re-enter politics.

Signature in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King
Notes
Watermark on pages - Chaldean Vellum


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.

Newton Wesley Rowell (1867-1941) was born in Avra, Ontario on November 1, 1867. Rowell was leader of the Ontario Liberal Party from 1911 to 1917 but moved to the Unionist government as a result of the Conscription Crisis in 1917. Rowell left his positions with the government in 1921 in lieu of other opportunities. He retired in 1938 due to his failing health. Rowell died in Toronto, Ontario on November 22, 1941.

Transcribed by Danielle Hughes in 2017.
Date of Original
July 6, 1926
Dimensions
Width: 20.3 cm
Height: 25.3 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_6.4
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

{HOUSE OF COMMONS

CANADA

Leader of the Opposition}

Ottawa, July 6, 1926

Personal and Confidential

The Honble. N. W. Rowell, K.C.,

38 King Street, W.,

Toronto, Ontario.

Dear Mr. Rowell:

Had circumstances permitted I would have come to Toronto tonight to see you personally with respect to the campaign with which the Party is now faced. It is one in which the Party must look to you for all the support possible, especially in view of all you have so zealously fought for by way of recognition of Canada's status as a self-governing nation on a basis of equality with that of the Mother Country itself.

What as Liberals we have contended for in Parliament, and will now contend for in the country, is that the relations of the government to the King's Representative in Canada should be in all essentials the same as the relations of the government to the Crown itself in the Old Land, and that all our parliamentary proceedings should be governed by

(page 2)

British constitutional practice.

I do not know anyone in Canada who can present the issue in its true light and in a light which will serve to strengthen the British Empire in all its self-governing communities, better than yourself. Personally, I hope you may find it possible to become a candidate in one of the constituencies; North Oxford is a constituency which comes first to my thoughts; next to North Oxford, North York. In either of these I believe you would be elected. You will recall one of the last conversations we had together in which I mentioned that when the campaign came on you might be needed. I believe you are greatly needed now, and in the event of your entering the field and of our being returned to power, I shall see that one or other of the alternatives we discussed is carried out.

I am well-nigh exhausted after the heavy strain of the entire session, and more particularly of the last few weeks. To get in shape for the campaign I shall have to take a few days rest. At the end of that time I shall hope to have a chance to discuss with you and other of our Toronto friends, the whole situation.

(page 3)

With kindest regards,

Believe me,

Yours very sincerely,

[signed] W.L. Mackenzie King

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to N. W. Rowell, July 6, 1926


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to N. W. Rowell, Liberal Party member and former MPP, on July 6, 1926. King strongly urges Rowell to re-enter politics.

Signature in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King