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Sims, Peter Harvey to Harvey J. Sims.

Toronto: congratulating Harvey on finally getting his own room and on being appointed as secretary of the Berlin Board of Trade, advice about making the most of the opportunity: "Aim high, do your duty and you will get there. Do not neglect your reading: There is nothing more necessary in a young man, than that he read best current literature of the day and also the biographies of the world's great and good men."

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Sims, Peter Harvey to Harvey J. Sims.

Aberdeen: he has been to Oban and Insch, "called on old people to find out about my father, mother and relatives but could find no one who could remember that far back., that is 75 years ago" (includes envelope).

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Sims, Jemima to Harvey J. Sims.

On hearing a report that Harvey had been struck by a ball, Jemima advises him strongly to give up football as "beneath the dignity of a practicing [sic] barrister" (includes envelope).

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked (confidential) from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated September 11, 1907, accompanied by a carbon copy of a letter from John A. Lang to A.B. Aylesworth; together with a letter from Peter H. Sims to Harvey dated October 1, 1907 commenting on Mackenzie King's proposals.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Monogrammed card from Laurier House, Ottawa sent as a Christmas card from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims, undated, inscribed inside in Mackenzie King's handwriting: "With the season's Greetings, W.L. Mackenzie King." Printed inside is King's favourite portrait of Isabel King (painted by J.W.L. Forster in 1905).

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Telegram from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated August 7, 1925, thanking him and his wife Florence for the memorable visit: "I can recall no happier home town visit since the days of Woodside."
Salutation: none; Signature: "Billy."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims

Telegram from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated January 31, 1928, concerning the possibility of Mackenzie King attending the funeral of Florence Sims' mother Elizabeth Roos.
Salutation: "Dear Peter"; Signature: "William L. Mackenzie Kin.[sic]"

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Skelton, O.D. to Harvey J. Sims

Typewritten letter from O.D. Skelton, Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs, Canada, replying to Harvey J. Sims on Mackenzie King's behalf, concerning a letter of introduction.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated December 22, 1930, in reply to one just received. King describes the volume of mail he still receives, "whether it be due to sympathy or regard." In response to being asked how he felt about being in the opposition, King says there is not much difference: "Office is a hard row and a perpetual grind. Opposition is just about the same," and confesses that he is glad not to have to "carry responsibility for conditions as they are in Canada at present."
Salutation: "My dear Peter" [typewritten]; Signature: "Your very devoted and affectionate friend [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated August 6, 1931, expressing his frustration and humiliation over "incidents of the past few weeks" and declaring that "far too much has been left to one or two to do. I have made up my mind that unless a sufficient number of Liberals can be found who will undertake the management and maintenance of an information and organization office, run under the party's own responsibility, I shall cease to have anything further to do with the party's leadership."
Salutation: "My dear Peter" [typewritten]; Signature: "Believe me, as always, dear Peter [handwritten], Yours very sincerely [typewritten], W.L. Mackenzie King [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated December 29, 1931, thanking Harvey for his letter and comparing Harvey's enjoyment of country life at Chicopee with his own experience "through similar ventures at Kingsmere. Indeed, some of the things you have been doing, and some of the improvements you have made on your property are so ridiculously like those which I have been attempting myself that I have fairly danced with glee at the parallel." King elaborates on improvements and work at Kingsmere, walks, and underbrush, and says he intends to follow Sims' efforts with little dams and waterfalls along a stream. He thanks Harvey and Florence for the gift of a book England, The Unknown Isle and counters with a similar book by Lukin Johnson, a personal friend. King also thanks Harvey for sending him the 1930 volume of the Waterloo Historical Society, detailing the writers and contents, giving a paean of praise for the work of the Society, and expressing amazement at the growth of the County. King ends by mentioning his health, his fatigue. and his need for recreation, and sends New Year's wishes to the Sims family: "The older we grow, the more precious become the friendships that have their beginnings in childhood's days."
Salutation: "My dear Peter" [handwritten]; Signature: "With affectionate good wishes to you all, Believe me, as always, dear Peter, Your sincere and devoted friend [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]." Includes insertions and corrections in Mackenzie King's handwriting.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated January 32, 1932, offering to "get up" a book of photographs of Kingsmere and exchange it for one of Chicopee, after having seen one that had been received by someone else.
Salutation: "My dear Peter" [typewritten]; Signature: "With kindest regards, Yours very sincerely [typewritten], W.L. Mackenzie King [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated November 9, 1933, concerning publication of the proceedings of the Port Hope Conference as The Liberal Way and the picture of King that appears in it. King submitted to the publication committee a picture that had been taken at Chicopee, not at the conference. He is asking, after the fact, for permission and thanks to the actual photographer.

Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten]" ; Signature: "With all good wishes, believe me, as always, dear Peter, Yours affectionately [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated April 6, 1934, concerning King's travels in the South Oxford by-election, allowing him to consider visiting Homer Watson again, with whom he has "one or two matters" to discuss. He refers to his previous visit in Harvey's company and reiterates that he wants to see Harvey again on the same visit. The bulk of the letter concerns organizing the trip to suit King's wishes.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten]"; Signature: "With kindest regards, Yours very sincerely [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]." Includes handwritten insertion and handwritten P.S.: "Please do not think of this above for a moment if you have other engagements or should it not be wholly convenient. This is just a [illegible] shot. K."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Telegram from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated April 16, 1934: "The memories of Kitchener visit and South Oxford campaign more delightful than ever, never mind the IOU, I can never repay all your kindness to me."
Salutation: none; Signature: "Affectionate remembrance to all, Billy."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated May 10, 1934, in which he passes thanks to Mr. Burden for a clipping sent through Harvey, and expressing interest in obtaining plants and shrubs from his old home Woodside to re-plant at Kingsmere. He asks Harvey to be his middle-man in finding a way to accomplish this while also releasing him from any feeling of obligation. King notes that Kingsmere is looking beautiful and that he has a good gardener, and adds a handwritten postscript emphasizing that Harvey need not take any trouble unless he knows "just the person."
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]" ; Signature: "With affectionate remembrances to you both, Believe me, as always, dear Peter, Yours very sincerely [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]." Includes corrections and postscript in Mackenzie King's handwriting.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated August 12, 1936, apologizing for not having been able to visit Chicopee due to pressure of work, and to preparing for his forthcoming trip to Geneva where he is to head the Canadian delegation to the League of Nations. He makes reference to a photograph of himself and "The President" sent to him by Harvey. King tells Harvey that he has received two letter from "your friend Borgstrom" and says he has written again to the Minister of Labour and the National Employment Commission on his behalf. He asks Harvey bring Florence and Carl Borgstrom to visit Kingsmere so that he might "sound him out" before possibly obtaining his professional opinion about improvements at Kingsmere.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten] ; Signature: "Yours as ever, Billy [handwritten]."

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Borgstrom, Carl A. to Harvey J. Sims

Typewritten letter from Carl A. Borgstrom, landscape architect, to Harvey J. Sims, expressing gratitude to Harvey for his assistance in arranging for him to be able to visit Kingsmere, and enclosing a copy of the letter he had written to Mackenzie King with thanks for putting his name before the National Employment Commission.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated December 2, 1936, thanking Harvey for information, describing the pressure of his work: "The problems are far and away beyond anything the like of which we have had hitherto to consider," and expressing sympathy for Euler and his wife in their "great bereavement."
Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten]"; Signature: "Yours affectionately, Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated October 30, 1937, refusing an invitation from Harvey J. Sims to a banquet in Kitchener on the grounds of overwork: "The truth is, I am at present, once again played out. " He leaves it to Harvey to explain "to our friends" and to pass on King's appreciation of the thought.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten]"; Signature: "Love to Florence and to yourself [handwritten], Yours very sincerely [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]."
Includes handwritten corrections and insertion.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated January 12, 1938, concerning his present to Harvey of an autographed copy of John Buchan's Augustus and his wishes for good health for Florence in the coming year.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]"; Signature: "My best of wishes again to you both [typewritten], Yours affectionately, Billy [handwritten.]"

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated June 4, 1938, mentioning the "Grand River conservation matter" and also looking forward to seeing Harvey in Queenston on June 18. He mentions that due to fatigue he has given up attending sittings of the House.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]"; Signature: "I do hope Florence is regaining her strength. With affectionate good wishes to you both, Billy [handwritten]."
This letter is accompanied by material relating to the opening of the Memorial Arch at Niagara Falls by Mackenzie King on June 18, 1938: official invitations to Harvey and Florence Sims to attend the opening ceremony, a luncheon, and a dinner, as well as a two-page typescript carbon itinerary.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims (who is a passenger on the Letitia, en route to Scotland) dated August 3, 1938, in which he thanks Harvey for his visit to Kingsmere and relates that a "vision" had led him to listen to a radio story about the composer of the music for "The Sweet by and by," who felt he was guided by his deceased wife. King states "When I see you again, I shall tell you more in the way of evidence of Florence's continued existence, and her power to continue to share your life." King describes the Army Corps Reunion and his day in Kingston where he spoke at the official opening of Fort Henry. He gives Harvey advice on how to structure his life on the trip to Scotland, and ends: "Continue to think of nature as the garment of the invisible, and to commune with the spiritual reality which lies behind the things we see."
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]"; Signature: "With every good wish, Yours affectionately, WLM Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter Marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated August 17, 1939, regretting not having seen him after "the banquet in Toronto."
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]"; Signature: "Believe me, Yours very sincerely [typewritten], Billy [handwritten."Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated September 26, 1941, thanking Mrs. Shannon Bowlby for sending photographs to him through Harvey. He expresses interest in visiting Chicopee but is having difficulty arranging it.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]"; Signature: "All good wishes, Yours affectionately, Billy [handwritten]."
Includes handwritten correction.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated December 23, 1941, concerning changed arrangements for Harvey to visit Ottawa, as King is unsure when he will be called to Washington by the President.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]"; Signature: "Please let this letter bring to you anew my warmest and best of wishes for your seventieth birthday anniversary, and for Christmas day. Let it bring my best of wishes also to the boys, and my love to Madge and Minnie. Indeed, I send my love to you all [typewritten]. Yours affectionately, Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated May 12, 1942, concerning the opening of "the great Dam on the Grand River, which has recently been completed," and the impossibility of his being able to attend. He explains that although he has had many invitations and honours, he does not "feel at liberty to make any engagement which might take me from Ottawa at a time when I might be most needed." King has also received Harvey's letter of May 11 and replies that he would not approach Mr. Litvinoff about an engagement in Canada, as he had already indicated to King that he would not travel here again for the coming year.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten]"; Signature: "With all good wishes, Yours affectionately, Billy [handwritten]."
Includes handwritten corrections.

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B.

Includes invitation to the Cook family reunion, correspondence about peafowl and other wild stock available, and a postcard showing Hialeah Park Race Track, Florida.

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C.

Correspondents include the Canadian Legion, Canadian Kennel Club, A. Chappell concerning Chicopee Heights, Ernest and Alice Chadwick, Hector Charlesworth, Chicopee Tennis Club, Chicopee Ski Club, and E.H. Coleman.

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G.

Correspondents include the Hon. Mr. Justice Godfrey, Supreme Court of Ontario, V. Evan Gray, Ainslie W. Greene, and Norman S. Gurd.

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K.

Correspondents include Bob Kay and L. Keyzer. Bob Kay, an old friend of Harvey Sims, lived in Hartford, CT and Florida, and was acquainted with Harvey's sister Rella and her husband John Ross Stewart. The correspondence concerns mostly the scrapbooks about curling and football that Kay had assembled and their eventual disposition.
Postcard in this file: "RMS Ausonia, White Star Line" from L. Keyzer, a fellow Rotarian, postmarked Brussels.

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Scots Fusiliers.

Correspondence relates to Harvey J. Sims' activities as Colonel of the Scots Fusiliers.

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Correspondence with the Ontario Agricultural College.

Correspondence concerning soil samples and pest remedies, as well as handwritten notes by Harvey Sims about chemicals and types of pests. Includes two letters from A.H. Tomlinson, Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture, one of which is accompanied by a list of ornamental flowering shrubs and a list of deciduous trees, and both of which have pencilled checkmarks, presumably made by Harvey.

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Newman, F.S. Newman to Harvey J. Sims.

Correspondence from F.S. Newman at the Department of Lands and Forests, Forestry Branch in St. Williams, Ontario to Harvey J. Sims regarding Harvey's requests for seedlings, also purchase orders made on his behalf from Herbst Brothers in New York. Includes lists and invoices, as well as a hand-drawn planting plan for evergreens at the south fence line of Chicopee.

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Sims, Peter Harvey to Harvey J. Sims.

Describes facial swelling suffered frequently and use of antiphlogistine, also at Harvey's request writes as much as he knows of the life of his father the Rev. James Sims.

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Sims, Peter Harvey to Harvey J. Sims

Letter from Peter H. Sims to his son Harvey J. Sims on March 3, 1812 from Mayagues [i.e., Mayagüez] (Puerto Rico). Peter H. Sims writes about his trip to Puerto Rico to assess risks on behalf of his company: he summarizes and comments on Puerto Rico's climate, landscape, history, people, American interest, Catholic Church, Spanish rule, agriculture, sugar cane production: "I thought I had retired from active work but I am at is as hard as ever and I enjoy it. I do not know if the trip will do the Co. any good. The conditions are all new to me."

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Sims, Jemima to Harvey J. Sims.

Jemima is glad to hear the news that Harvey has decided to leave the hotel and get a room; also advice on emulating his father's path to success, also to learn German (includes envelope).

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Sims, Rella May to Harvey J. Sims.

Waterloo: letter addressed to Harvey in Forest, relaying all the family news, describing their mother's reaction to a newspaper report that Harvey had almost drowned (includes envelope).

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Handwritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated January 2, 1923, thanking him for a gift for Laurier House and discussing the delay in reconstruction at Laurier House and the reconvening of Parliament on January 31, 1923. King also speaks of his "deeply valued friendship" with Harvey Sims.
Salutation: "My dear Peter"; Signature: "Ever your true friend, Billy K."

My dear Peter,
Your wonderful gift has kept me more or less at bay for the past ten days. I have hardly known how to acknowledge it, not having words [wherewith?] to express my appreciation of your great generosity. I am still at a loss and shall have to ask you to accept the will for the deed. It will be a great happiness to do as you suggest, to purchase for Laurier House something of which I may be in need to put the finishing touch required and to be a reminder through the years of your kindness. The bookshelves and library equipment which has made my present house the joy it has been in that respect, and which were the fruit of your previous gift, I am moving, in fact, out to Kingsmere, so summer and winter alike I shall be surrounded by evidences of your benevolence. I had expected to be in Laurier House by this time, but it has taken longer than anticipated to complete the work of reconstruction. It is going to be worth all the delay, however, and I shall look forward with delight to having you as a [first?] guest whenever you can come. I shall be able now to look after Florence's comfort as well, so do bring her with you when you are this way on some future occasion. Your generous gift enabled me to do a little better by some of my friends at this Xmas season than I would otherwise have felt I could. It came at a moment I was debating what I should send to May and the two young lads at Denver, and permitted me to make without thought of sacrifice what I was anxious to send. I must thank you therefore in more than a two fold sense for your goodness as well as your generosity.
I am very very busy as you can well imagine. Parliament re-assembling on January 31 and three of the ministers still overseas and two or more hors de combat. I may put your gift into riding or boxing lessons. A health investment is the best possible for my job.
I hope you all had a happy Xmas and I think, dear Peter, that this New Year will be the best you have ever known. My grateful thanks for your deeply valued friendship goes with my best of wishes to you and to all near and dear to you.
Ever your true friend,
Billy K.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated January 25, 1924, regarding arrangements for a forthcoming visit to Ottawa by Harvey and his wife Florence.
Salutation: "My dear Peter" [typewritten]; Signature: "Believe me, as always, dear Peter, very sincerely yours. [Typewritten] Billy [handwritten]"

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Printed Christmas card from William Lyon Mackenzie King presumably received by Harvey J. Sims, monogrammed on the front, with an engraved picture of Laurier House and greetings for 1924-1925 inside: "With the Season's Greetings, W.L. Mackenzie King."

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Measures, W.H. to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from W.H. Measures, private secretary to Mackenzie King, replying to Harvey J. Sims on King's behalf. Mackenzie King will endeavour to arrange a special visit to Kitchener by Lord and Lady Willingdon.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated July 21, 1928 concerning his inability to accept an invitation to visit the Sims, and announcing his decision to "be one of the delegation to represent Canada at the forthcoming Assembly of the League of Nations at Geneva in September," detailing travel and speaking engagements in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and a visit to his constituency of Prince Albert. King regards the trip to Geneva as a sacrifice as it "means another summer and autumn lost as far as Kingsmere is concerned." King also says that he has asked his Secretary to "find out from the Department of Marine and Fisheries what may be possible and should be done to secure the trout you are anxious for." In a handwritten P.S. King says "I find from Dept of Marine & Fisheries that the provincial govt has entire charge of fish hatcheries in Ontario. You had better [two words illegible] to Hon Chas McCrea."
Salutation: "My dear Peter" [typewritten]; Signature: "Believe me, as always, dear Peter, Yours very sincerely [typewritten], W.L. Mackenzie King [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Printed circular letter dated August 6, 1930, expressing Mackenzie King's thanks to well-wishers after the June 28 election.
Salutation: "My dear Peter!"; Signature: "W.L. Mackenzie King," both in King's handwriting. Includes note in King's handwriting: "Will write first opportunity. This is just to let you see how I am trying to get over ‘thousands' of communications. I shall be glad of the change. Billie."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated September 15, 1930, concerning the agreed need for "friends" to fight in the coming by-elections. King expresses frustration at having his usual time at Kingsmere interrupted.
Salutation: "My dear Peter" [typewritten]; Signature: "Believe me as always, my dear Peter, Yours very sincerely [typewritten], W.L. Mackenzie King [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated February 28, 1931, in anticipation of a short overnight visit by Harvey on March 14, 1931 on his way to Montreal. King says that he will be delighted to see Harvey but will be busy preparing his speech to be delivered on March 16, 1931: "It relates particularly to the Speech from the throne, a copy of which I do not receive until after it is delivered, so that I shall be probably much occupied in getting material together through the day."
Salutation: "My dear Peter" [typewritten]; Signature: "Yours very sincerely [typewritten], W.L. Mackenzie King [handwritten]." Includes an insertion in Mackenzie King's handwriting.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Telegram from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated April 5, 1931, in which King sends Easter greetings from himself, his dog Pat, and Pat's sister.
Salutation: none; Signature: "Mackenzie King." The telegram is initialed "WLK."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated May 4, 1932, congratulating Harvey on the votes he received on his election as a bencher.
Salutation: "My dear Peter" [typewritten]; Signature: "With kindest regards, Yours very sincerely [typewritten], Billy K. [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated March 8, 1932, thanking Harvey for sending him a copy of the history of Osgoode Hall issued by the Law Society of Upper Canada on its one hundredth anniversary. King expresses his personal interest because of his father's life and career, and his own childhood memories of visiting Osgoode Hall. King expresses interest in exchanging visits with the Sims in the coming year.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten]"; Signature: "With all good wishes, believe me, as always, dear Peter, Yours very sincerely [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated August 23, 1933, with thanks for the issue of Canadian Homes and Gardens containing an article about Chicopee. He reports that he has been on a speaking tour of the prairies, and that at Swan River, Manitoba he met a cousin of Harvey named Mr. William Sims.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten]"; Signature: "Yours very sincerely [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated November 6, 1933, expressing satisfaction at by-election results for Liberal candidates, but concerned that Bennett might call an election too soon. He comments on his own health and that of his dog Pat, and on bringing his sister Jennie and family to Kitchener. King's plan for visiting Kitchener before the end of the year is partly because he wants to talk to Homer Watson: "I am also most anxious to see Homer Watson again, as I am hoping it is going to be possible for me to be of some assistance to him. We have had a quite a little correspondence together. He has asked me if I would come up and spend a night in his home." King is pleased that Mr. Coleman has been appointed Under-Secretary of State, and also pleased at recent negative publicity about R.B. Bennett.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten]"; Signature: "Believe me, as always, dear Peter, Yours affectionately [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated May 14, 1934, in reply to Harvey's letter of May 12 outlining the difficulties in the way of digging up plants at Woodside. King replies that he will try to settle the matter himself on a future visit to Kitchener. He notes that Kingsmere is looking lovely and commends Harvey for travelling to England on holiday: "There will be plenty of time to rest and reflect, and recall the past, when you get your new library into shape!"
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]"; Signature: "With kindest remembrances and regards, and very many thanks, Believe me, as always, dear Peter, Yours affectionately [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated December 23, 1935, concerning Harvey's presence in Ottawa "this week" and the semi-official functions and meetings that will prevent King from seeing Harvey until Saturday, also the "arrears of work" that have been caused by his absences in the United States. He sends sympathy to Harvey's son Kenneth whose wife has been in a car accident, Christmas greetings to the family, and thanks to Florence and Harvey for sending a copy of E. Stanley Jones' Christ's alternative to communism. He comments on the current struggle as between Christianity and materialism, "which the future will regard as one of transition accompanied by great suffering of mankind."
Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten]" ; Signature: "With affectionate good wishes, Believe me, as always, dear Peter, Your very sincere friend [typewritten], Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated May 19, 1936, thanking him for having visited Kingsmere, describing his current workload, and sending regrets for not being able to be in Kitchener to greet Lord and Lady Tweedsmuir, due to prior obligations.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [typewritten]"; Signature: "Yours affectionately, Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Telegram from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated August 31, 1936, making arrangements for the forthcoming visit of Harvey and Florence Sims and Borgstrom to Kingsmere.
Salutation: none; Signature: "Billy."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated February 20, 1937, thanking Harvey for his suggestion of Colonel H. Ballantyne as "the representative of the Second Brigade Area on the Coronation contingent" and that the Honourable Ian Mackenzie has promised to consider Ballantyne's credentials when the time comes for selecting the contingent members.
Includes a postscript in Mackenzie King's handwriting concerning Florence's health.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]"; Signature: "Yours very sincerely, Billy [handwritten.]"

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated March 26, 1937, sending Easter greetings to Florence and Harvey and best of wishes for Florence's continuing recovery. He regrets having missed the exhibition of Homer Watson's paintings in order to rest before beginning preparations for the Coronation and the Imperial Conference.
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]"; Signature: "With all good wishes, Yours affectionately, Billy [handwritten.]"

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Redfern, A.S. to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from A.S. Redfern, Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, replying to Harvey J. Sims on behalf of the Governor-General (John Buchan), thanking Harvey for his letter and publication sent.

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Kaumeyer, C. Ellison to Harvey J. Sims.

Handwritten letter from C. Ellison Kaumeyer, Chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission, to Harvey J. Sims dated June 6, 1938, inviting Harvey to stay overnight in Niagara Falls as his guest after the ceremony opening the Memorial Arch. He has made reservations at the Brock Hotel for Mackenzie King and his party as well.
Salutation: "My Dear Mr. Sims [handwritten]"; Signature: "Faithfully yours, C. Ellison Kaumeyer [handwritten.]"

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims dated October 31, 1938. King is returning from just having visited Bermuda, Jamaica, and Cuba. He mentions talking and visiting, approves of Harvey having started a journal, congratulates Harvey on another grandson, and, writing of Harvey's living alone, re-iterates that "attitude and belief account for what is most real and enduring in our happiness."
Salutation: "My dear Peter [handwritten]"; Signature: "With every good wish, Yours affectionately, WK Billy [handwritten]."

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

Calling card from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Harvey J. Sims, accompanied by a newspaper clipping showing King George VI, Mackenzie King, and [unnamed] Hertzog. King's handwritten note on the card: "Dear Peter, My love and best wishes go to you with this little reminder of an historic event. My best of wishes for your birthday and Christmas and the New Year, Billy. Xmas 1939."

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Philip, William to Harvey J. Sims.

Handwritten letter from William Philip, President of the Grand River Conservation Commission, Galt, to Harvey J. Sims, dated May 16, 1942, in response to the news that Mackenzie King cannot attend the opening of the dam: "It would be unkind to urge him further, when his letter indicates how sincerely he is concentrating on his heavy task. The letter gives a sidelight on his earnestness. The pity is that we do not support more fully, with our sympathy, one who in these dark hours, is carrying our country's load."

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A.

Includes correspondence to and from Harvey J. Sims concerning placing his son at a law firm, also a letter from Florence M. Austin, Nov. 30, 1938, Dousman, Wis., on the genealogy of the Cook family and their mutual relationship.

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F.

Correspondents include C.E. Fischer offering an income plan, Forsey Page enclosing a letter from Bruce C. Matson, who photographed the Sims property in 1933, W. Sherwood Fox, and T.H. Noble.

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Nyberg, Henry, M.E. to Harvey J. Sims.

Three letters from Henry Nyberg from his home in Kalkesta, Sweden, where he had retired. His letters to Harvey discuss old times and memories, but also concern the preparations being made in Sweden for a possible war, disbelief that war will actually be declared, and in 1941 he remarks that he made the wrong prediction about people coming to their senses.

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Correspondence between Harvey J. Sims, Arthur Forbes Nicol, and families.

Letters (approximately 16) between members of the Arthur Forbes Nicol and Harvey J. Sims families from 1928 to 1941. Harvey J. Sim's wife Florence Katherine Roos and Arthur F. Nicol's wife Florence Helen Kempt were first cousins: their mothers were sisters Elizabeth and Margaret Davidson. Letters concern mutual interests, politics and family.

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S.

Includes one letter from H.M. Snyder (furniture manufacturer) in 1941 about their mutual stays in hospital and state of health; a letter from Harvey to Dan Shantz in 1930 about the need for more snow fencing on the road past Chicopee, and correspondence with Titus Shantz about his dog licences.

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U-V-W.

Correspondents include William Valores Uttley, January 7, 1932, asking Harvey J. Sims to pass the enclosed biographical sketches to Florence to proofread and add information. The sketches are of Harvey, William Roos, and Mrs. William Roos (nee Davidson). The Waterloo Grand River Parks Co. sends two sustaining membership cards for "Cressman's Woods"; Mrs. Wilson from Ingleside Villa, N.B. is a lawn bowling connection and Grainger Whitney sends a news clipping, a note, and a photograph of an unidentified house, possibly in Chicago.

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Sims, Peter Harvey to Harvey J. Sims.

Response to Harvey concerning wedding invitations: "I do not like however the idea of your practically ignoring your relatives and asking outsiders" (includes envelope and enclosed list of invitees, with additional list by P.H. Sims).

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Sims, Peter Harvey to Harvey J. Sims.

Stern criticism of Harvey's financial situation, debt incurred by spending money on his new home: "You are just in the condition I expected you would be. You started out with too big ideas and now you find you have gone steeper in than you should and loaded yourself with a heavy debt … but you always were an extravagant boy." He continues with advice on getting and staying out of debt and living within his means (includes envelope).

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