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W.L. Mackenzie King : newspapers and clippings

Series consists of newspaper coverage of Mackenzie King's life, death and funeral. Significant issues of newspapers with major war-related headlines contain stories about Mackenzie King's prime-ministerial activities in relation to events of the day. However, the focus of this series is primarily coverage of Mackenzie King's death, memorial and funeral services published by major Ontario newspapers, often in more than one edition in a day.

W.L. Mackenzie King : death, funeral and estate

Series consists of documents received by Arthur King after the death of Mackenzie King on July 22, 1950: ephemera issued to participants in the memorial and funeral services, press releases, legal documents relating to the estate of Mackenzie King including his will and estate accounts, and commentary on his bequests.

William Lyon Mackenzie King standing on the steps of Laurier House, Ottawa, 1938.

One sepia portrait of William Lyon Mackenzie King standing on the steps to Laurier House, Ottawa. This photograph is pasted on a mount that is printed as a Christmas greeting: “With the Season’s Greetings, W.L. Mackenzie King, Laurier House, Ottawa, Christmas 1938. This photograph was found in a red photograph holder produced as a souvenir of the “Normandie Roof” on top of the Mount Royal Hotel, Montreal, Quebec and probably meant to hold a photograph of the three people who have autographed and dated the back cover “Dec. 26/46”: “Best Wishes [illegible] Happy New Year! A.M. King Best of the Season- Walter.”

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

William Lyon Mackenzie King collection.

Collection consists of material relating to William Lyon Mackenzie King from the estates of his brother Dougall Macdougall “Max” King and of his nephew (Dougall’s son) Arthur Macdougall King. Its major component is correspondence from Mackenzie King to Arthur King and also to Arthur’s wife Kathleen, over a period of twenty-seven years from 1923 to 1950.The first letter is dated 1923, a scant three years after the death of Max King, when Arthur and his twin brother Lyon were 10 years old and the last in the series is dated July 5, 1950. The collection also contains documents and ephemera relating to King’s death, funeral and will, received by Arthur King as a participant in those events; also present are issues of major Ontario newspapers that covered Mackenzie King's death and funeral as events unfolded day-by-day. A small selection of photographs, some formal and some snapshots, are also present. A selection of books retained by the family, among them works written and presented by John King and Dougall Macdougall King, also works owned by Mackenzie King as a boy, present a tangible reminder of the intellectual legacy of the King family.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King : group portrait with Arthur and Kathleen King.

One informal group portrait taken outdoors, location and occasion unidentified. William Lyon Mackenzie King is standing third from the right; to his right are his nephew Arthur King and Arthur’s wife Kathleen King. Three females and two males are unidentified. The location appears to be a wooded area, with tents.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

Westminster Abbey : The order of service in memory of the Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King, O.M., sometime Prime Minister of Canada, on Friday, July 28th, 1950 at 12.30 p.m.

Leaflet containing the order of service in memory of William Lyon Mackenzie King held July 28, 1950 at Westminster Abbey, these two copies owned by Arthur King, nephew of William Lyon Mackenzie King, and his wife Kathleen King. Includes clipping about the service and the peal of bells.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

Newspaper coverage of World War II containing mention of William Lyon Mackenzie King : “It’s all over in Europe! Nazi surrender complete,” The Evening Citizen, Monday, May 7, 1945.

This issue of the Evening Citizen for May 7, 1945 contains mentions of William Lyon Mackenzie King: “Not an hour for exultation, says Premier King,” p. 11; “Mr. King visits freed Canadians travelling home,” p. 15. Mr. King and Louis St. Laurent who were in California for the United Nations Security Conference, paid an unexpected visit to 52 Canadians who had been interned for three years in Japanese prison camps in the Philippines.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

Newspaper coverage of World War II containing mention of William Lyon Mackenzie King : “Invasion!” The Ottawa Citizen, Tuesday, June 6, 1944.

One section of The Ottawa Citizen, June 6, 1944 concerning the D-Day allied landings in France. “Gov’t lights quickly go on: officialdom here in dark on reported landings,” The Ottawa Citizen, Tuesday, June 6, 1944, p. 8. This short story reports on early morning lights going on at government buildings as “service chiefs and public relations officers, hearing German invasion reports, hurried to their offices.” The final paragraph reads: “A servant at Laurier House, home of Prime Minister Mackenzie king, said Mr. King had retired. She declined to awaken him.”

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

Newspaper coverage of World War II containing mention of William Lyon Mackenzie King : “Free peoples of world mourn passing of Franklin D. Roosevelt, friend of humanity,” The Evening Citizen, Friday, April 13, 1945.

This issue of the Evening Citizen for April 13, 1945 contains several mentions of William Lyon Mackenzie King, as well as on p. 13 a press photo of Roosevelt, King and Churchill taken at a press conference in Quebec.

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Laurier House to Arthur King

Typewritten letter from an unidentified person at Laurier House to Arthur King on August 8, 1950, who encloses a mimeograph copy of William Lyon Mackenzie’s King’s will and who promises to send a copy of Leonard Brockington’s broadcast.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Kathleen Thomas.

Engraved calling card: "Mr. W.L. Mackenzie King, Laurier House, Ottawa, Canada," inscribed in King's handwriting to Miss Kathleen M. Thomas on December 24, 1942: "So many thanks for your beautiful card of Christmas greetings. My very best of wishes to you for the New Year. So kind of you to have had me in your thoughts at this season. Again, my very best of wishes to you. WLMK 24-Dec-42."

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Kathleen Thomas.

Handwritten promissory note from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Miss Kathleen Thomas on May 16, 1943, for one hundred dollars as a souvenir of her wedding day May 20, 1943. [her future husband is William Lyon Mackenzie King's nephew Arthur Macdougall King.]

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Kathleen Thomas.

Handwritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Miss Kathleen Thomas on May 16, 1943.
Transcription: “My dear Kathleen: This is the week on which you and Arthur are to be married. I have waited until this Sunday morning to write to you, not being too sure during the past few days just what my movements might be in the course of the present week. You no doubt will have seen from the papers that the President and Mr. Churchill have invited me to come to Washington for talks together, for meetings, conference, and the like, in the course of Mr Churchill's stay. It is now clear that I shall be obliged to leave tomorrow afternoon at the latest, and that I shall be obliged to be there in Washington on the day of your wedding, Thursday May 20th.
I need not tell you how sorry I am to have to disappoint Arthur and yourself; and, myself, to miss the pleasure of being with you both at the marriage ceremony, and to sign the register as a witness, as I did in the case of Margery and Lyon's wedding. However, there is no alternative, as Mr. Churchill is expecting me to be with him on Tuesday, and the President has invited me to be his guest, at the White House, on Wednesday spending the night there, and attending a meeting of the Pacific Council on Thursday morning, and a meeting of delegates from different parts of the British Empire, on Monday afternoon. I mention these engagements because of their importance and historic significance, and that you may know just why it will not be possible for me to be with you all on the day of, and at the time of your wedding. Perhaps, in the long run, a message from the White House, on the day of the wedding, may come to be an even more significant and welcome souvenir of the occasion than the witnessing of the marriage ceremony, and being a witness to its having taken place. Still I should have liked to have been with you and Arthur as I was with Margery and Lyon.
You know, I am sure, all the good wishes that I send to you for the day and for the Nova vita [underlined] on which you enter at that time. I wish you and Arthur the greatest possible happiness. As you both have a high purpose in life, and a love of service, and with the [will be?] sharing kindred ideals, I am certain that the way will open out before you in [to?] new widening vistas of opportunities, and of realization of your highest hopes. It will, I imagine, not be without its difficulties and privations at the start, and until this time of war becomes something of the past. You will have in that the consolation of knowing that you are sharing with others the sacrifices by which in the end, all that is highest in attainment is accomplished. There will be, too, [illegible] much sunshine and gladness along the way.
I should like to make you a little gift which would be something you would like to have from me, as a remembrance of your wedding day. In order that I may be sure the choice would be something you yourself would approve, I am going to ask you to help me in the selection of it, after you come to Ottawa, where we can confer together about it. Meanwhile, please accept 'my promise to pay' with my love and best of wishes for May the 20th, 1943, and for the days, and months and years to come. I pray through this all, you may be greatly blessed.”
Salutation: “My dear Kathleen,” [handwritten; Signature: “Yours affectionately, W.L. Mackenzie King.”

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Kathleen Thomas.

Telegram of good wishes from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Miss Kathleen M. Thomas on May 19, 1943: “Please let this message bring to you on the morning of your wedding day every loving good wish for your happiness today and through the years to come I am sorry not to have been able to be present at the wedding ceremony but my thoughts will be with you all. “
Salutation: none; Signature: “W L Mackenzie King.”

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Kathleen King.

Typewritten letter, marked “Personal”, from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Kathleen King on May 21, 1948, in which he expresses pleasure at seeing Arthur and Kathleen in Toronto, ascribes their good health and happiness to having their own “little house,” and sends them wedding anniversary congratulations. He adds that he is sending more vitamins.
Salutation: My dear Kathleen” [handwritten]; Signature: With love to Arthur and yourself, Yours affectionately, W.L. Mackenzie King” [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Kathleen King.

Typewritten and handwritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Kathleen King on January 8, 1949, acknowledging one received from Kathleen with news that the vitamins had arrived safely. He comments on Arthur’s mother’s visit. [typewritten].In an added handwritten paragraph King writes: “Your wild strawberry jam is awfully delicious. Mr & Mrs Guthrie of Paris, France, were the first to sample it at tea, a few days ago. [illegible word word word word word word word word] for Ottawa’s future as Canada’s capital. Today the Prime Minister of New Zealand Mr Fraser, and the High Commissioner, had a taste. They were all delighted. [illegible word] never tasted anything as good. Love again to you and Arthur.”
Salutation: “My dear Kathleen” [handwritten]; Signature: “Yours affectionately, W.L. Mackenzie King” [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Kathleen King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to Kathleen King on January 18, 1950, on the topic of her vitamin supply. King notes that he is pleased that Arthur and Kathleen have decided to use his gift of money to purchase nesting tables.
Salutation: “My dear Kathleen:” [typewritten]; Signature: “Yours affectionately [typewritten], 'Uncle Willie.” [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on August 28, 1929 in reply to letters received from both Arthur and Lyon after a trip from Denver to Ontario to visit family. In it King states that a letter of thanks is as good as a gift (proposed by Lyon for Aunt Jennie), reminds them to tip the maid at Aunt Jennie’s, envies them their trip to Niagara, and ends by saying he is sending the letter ahead of them to Denver.
Salutation: “My Dear Arthur” [handwritten]; Signature: “Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie" handwritten].
Includes one handwritten correction.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on December 19, 1943. King expresses Christmas wishes to Arthur, his wife Kathleen and Kathleen’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas in Toronto. King notes that he has a gift for them in their new home, “I would like to send you, just as a souvenir of the day itself, and also of a central event in Canadian history, a little picture which was taken at the time of the Quebec Conference[1], and which I am sure you would both like to have.”
Salutation: “My Dear Arthur” [handwritten]; Signature: “With fondest of love, Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie” [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on May 7, 1945, “dictated in the hour of Victory which has still to be announced.” He says that “dear Lyon” will be “rejoicing with us all today.” He sends good wishes to all at Laurier House, and thanks Arthur for taking Pat for a walk. King was attending the United Nations Conference in San Francisco. [1] On May 7 the Nazis surrendered unconditionally with May 8 to be the end of the war, Victory in Europe day. [2]
Salutation: “Dear Arthur” [handwritten]; Signature: “With fondest love to Kathleen & yourself. Your affectionate uncle Willie” [handwritten].
Includes envelope. Both envelope and letter marked “Personal.”

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Telegram from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur king, composed on May 20, 1945 and received on May 21, 1945, congratulating Arthur and his wife Kathleen on their second wedding anniversary. Mackenzie King was in Swift current probably in advance of the federal election of June 11, in which he lost his own seat, Prince Albert Riding. [1]
Salutation: none; Signature: "Love and all good wishes=:Mackenzie King."

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on February 25, 1947 expressing anxiety about Arthur's "new apartment and removal to Toronto," and asking for specific details about his new home. Arthur had apparently been assisted in finding living quarters through D.B. Mansur, president of the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation and "Mr. Handy" and King expresses surprise that Arthur has not yet followed up with them: "As soon as I learned of the change you had been able to effect in apartments, I rang up Mr. Mansur and thanked him personally for his kind intervention. I am sure that but for his personal interest in the matter and Mr. Handy's kind interest in advance, you would have had real difficulty in securing any quarters."
Footnote: "let me suggest that you visit Mr Mansur [&] Mr Handy without delay. But for their good office you might be very badly off. W"
King then addresses everyone's state of health and reminds Arthur that he must "do all that is in your power to prove your qualifications for the position you now have and to ensure advancement in the future;" also that "Toronto is a nice city in which to live and you will have opportunities of personal and business contacts there much greater than are likely to come elsewhere. I am sure you will make the most of them."
Includes handwritten correction.
Salutation: "My dear Arthur" [handwritten]; Signature: "With love to both, Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie" [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur on August 18, 1947, thanking him and his wife Kathleen for their “charming little letter” on the death of King’s dog Pat, and noting “Naturally I feel his loss very much.” King expresses hope of seeing Arthur and Kathleen when he is “up at the Exhibition” [1] and gives details of his busy schedule during the days of his visit. Although he will not be able to visit them at home he has asked that they be sent tickets to the garden party being given by the Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Ray Lawson in the hopes that they may meet each other. King asks if Arthur remembers going with him and his brother Lyon to the opening of the Exhibition “the last time I was there. I think that was just twenty years ago.”
King asks about the vitamin supply.
Salutation: “My dear Arthur” [typewritten]; Signature: “With fondest love to you and Kathleen, Yours affectionately , Uncle Willie” [handwritten].
Includes handwritten corrections.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur on August 20, 1948, describing his relationship with John D. Rockefeller Jr., and mentioning his invitation to visit Mr. Rockfeller's "summer home at Seal Harbor, Maine." King anticipates going to Europe in three weeks, and notes that he is "now relieved of the leadership of the Party. On my return, I expect to be giving up office as well."[1] King declares the "Convention" as "a great success" [Liberal leadership election] [2] and wishes that Arthur and Kathleen had been there to "witness the ovations." He expresses his pleasure at Arthur and Kathleen's new home in Leaside, although his opening of Sunnybrook Hospital prevented him from visiting in person. He remarks on the pretty names "Southvale Drive" and "Leaside."
Salutation: "My dear Arthur" [handwritten]; Signature: "With fondest love to you both, Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie" [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur on December 28, 1948, containing effusive thanks to him and his wife Kathleen for letters and Christmas gift of hand-picked and preserved wild raspberry jam. King notes that the jam will be used for special occasions of afternoon tea at Laurier House or Kingsmere. King reminisces "I remember when Lord Athlone and Princess Alice used to come out to Kingsmere occasionally for a walk, there was nothing they enjoyed so much as some of the strawberry jam which I had there. Jam made from wild strawberries is, of course, the most delicious of all. [1]
King refers to his "little gift" to Arthur and Kathleen and says that "Nothing could give me more pleasure than that you should use the cheque toward the purchase of a rug for one of the rooms in your little home." He also extends his thanks to Arthur's mother for her letter and gift of books. King notes that is health is not good and that he was wise to have retired when he did. In closing, King mentions that he is sending Kathleen another supply of vitamins.
Salutation: "My dear Arthur" [handwritten]; Signature: "With love to you both Yours affectionately Uncle Willie" [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur on March 22, 1949, relaying information from Arthur's friend Wilmot Gordon that his father had died, and encouraging Arthur to contact him.
Salutation: "My dear Arthur" [handwritten]; Signature: "With fondest love Yours affectionately Uncle Willie" [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur on January 6, 1950, containing belated thanks for their Christmas letters and gift of the book Cry The Beloved Country. King finds it "extraordinary" that three books recommended to him by Violet Markham were given to him by three separate family members that Christmas. The other two were Schweitzer's Out of My Life and Thought and Lead, Kindly Light. [1] King describes his poor health, commiserates with Arthur's disappointment at not seeing his mother at Christmas, and approves of Arthur and Kathleen's plans to use his Christmas cheque to buy a set of nesting tables. King reiterates his pleasure at receiving letters from Arthur and Kathleen, and ends with concern that Kathleen's vitamins might have run out and that he is sending more.
Salutation: "My dear Arthur" [handwritten]; Signature: "With fondest love and all good wishes to Kathleen and yourself. [Illegible, possibly Again as?] always, Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie" [handwritten].
Includes handwritten corrections.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1950 in which he describes his own poor health and expresses concern for Arthur's. King asks for all the details about the oil burner that Arthur has acquired for his furnace and notes that the cost of oil makes heating almost as expensive as coal.
King thanks Arthur for congratulations on "the Royal Honours recently received, the Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion and the Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold from Belgium," the which he notes belong to the nation and not to him personally. He goes on to quote from a letter from Churchill to himself published on p. 739 of Churchill's most recent work, The Grand Alliance, in which Churchill writes: " ムWhat a pleasure it is to see the whole empire pulling as one man, and believe me, my friend, I understand the reasons for your success in marshalling the grand war effort of Canada.' It is a nice tribute from the one who, more than any other, had to do with the direction of affairs at the time of the war." King expresses hope that he will soon be able to start work on his memoirs. He has still not ever visited Arthur and Kathleen's "little home in Toronto", and intends to do so "the first time I am in the city."
Salutation: "My dear Arthur" [typewritten]; Signature: "Yours very affectionately" [typewritten] "Uncle Willie" [handwritten].
Includes handwritten corrections.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Handwritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on December 20, 1925. King sends wishes of the season, tells Arthur to write about his presents and “all the happiness of the day, and also about what you are reading and most thinking of, and what you have decided to be when you grow up.” He notes that Arthur had been in hospital with a broken arm the Christmas before and hopes it is better.
Salutation: “My dear Arthur”; Signature: “Your loving uncle, Willie.”

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Handwritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on December 18, 1927. King sends wishes of the season, says he has heard from Santa Claus that neither nephew wants a single present but several smaller ones such as, in Arthur’s case, an archery target, radio tubes and batteries. King says he will send a bank draft that ought to cover the presents plus extra and asks Arthur to write and say what he has purchased. He also indicates that he is sending a sum to Arthur’s mother to use for Christmas, the “I want to do that for Daddy.” [Daddy?]
Salutation: “My dear Arthur”; Signature: “Your loving uncle, Willie.”

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Handwritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on December 28, 1930, thanking him for the gift of a book on science, but especially for the greeting card meant for “Pat” [WLMK’s dog] as well as for himself. “I am glad you remembered Pat, for I know he often thinks of you, and I am sure he sensed in your card some note of friendliness towards himself on the part of Tatters also.” King says he will enjoy reading Science and that “the discoveries of science are revolutionizing modern thought, as well as practices, in a number of directions. He then mentions Eddington and Jeans [1] and hopes that “someday I hope you will come to view things as they do. They seem to catch glimpses of the great unseen universe much more profound than those of most scientific writers of our day. King then mentions Evelyn Underhill [2] and her book The Life of the Spirit and the Life of Today that also “gives glimpses of much that lies beyond the revelations of science.” King mentions that he has had correspondence with Arthur’s brother Lyon, and invites Arthur to write on any topics that interest him.
Salutation: “My dear Arthur”; Signature: “Your loving uncle, Willie.”

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on February 15, 1932, with congratulations on his results in the first quarter of university. He expands on the necessity of knowing one’s subject thoroughly, even if it takes longer. He references his brother Dougall Macdougall King's book on Nerves and Personal Power, and advises “Nature has no short cuts in anything; she never hastens, but also she never rests. It is the steady careful work which counts for most in the end.” King advises Arthur to concentrate on doing his best to complete his first year before thinking of any other possible activities.
Salutation: “My dear Arthur”; Signature: “Yours Affectionately, Uncle Willie.” [“Uncle Willie handwritten.]

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on July 27, 1934. King advises Arthur, having heard that he had to give up on a course because of chicken-pox, to put his health ahead of everything else in order to fully recuperate. King reports on the “gratifying” election results in Ontario and Saskatchewan, and anticipates a general election. King reports that the past winter’s arthritis has disappeared, also that he has been to Williamsburg to see Dr. Locke[1] and is wearing Locke shoes [for fallen arches]. In regard to his nephews’ chosen professions of medicine and engineering, King says “The service which can be rendered the world through electrical development has become more apparent in our age than in all the centuries of the past, and I believe that we are only at the beginning of discoveries in that field which will revolutionize the thought, as well as the daily life and habits of the people. “
Salutation: “My dear Arthur”; Signature: none [all after p. 4 missing].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on October 9, 1944, written as a reminder to Arthur to make efforts to locate Sir Campbell Stuart [1] on Stuart’s return to Ottawa, October 24, 1944.
Salutation: “My Dear Arthur”; Signature: “Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie, This is just a reminder. W” [handwritten]. Includes underlining.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on December 26, 1944, thanking Arthur and his wife Kathleen for a Christmas letter and gift, “doylies[sic] … exquisite in their texture and design. In taste, they could not be more to my liking. They are a real addition to Laurier House.” King has left a gift at Arthur and Kathleen’s that requires samples and going to shops, but is otherwise not described. King send this letter with a promised copy of Emil Ludwig’s Portrait Sketch and also a copy of “a little book entitled “Rendezvous," which I think you would both like to read. [1.] I read a copy myself many months ago. It wholly accords with my own belief. I want you to have it as a remembrance of Dear Lyon.” Salutation: “My Dear Arthur” [handwritten]; Signature: “Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie” [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Telegram from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on September 22, 1945, inviting Arthur and his wife Kathleen to dine with him that evening in his “car” [railroad car] at Windsor Street Station.
Salutation: none; Signature: “W.L.Mackenzie.King.”

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on January 17, 1946, in which he encloses $5.00 to complete the sum needed for a radio cabinet (see letter Dec. 29, 1945). Also with reference to the previous letter, he continues on the subject of the vitamins he has sent them.
Note on p. 1 “Please find $5.00 enclosed, WLMK” [handwritten].
Includes handwritten correction.
Salutation: “My dear Arthur” ; Signature: “Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie” [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on January 17, 1946, a short note of thanks, comments on their healthy appearance and apologies for not having been able to talk longer.
Includes envelope inscribed only “Mr and Mrs Arthur King [handwritten].
Salutation: “My dear Arthur”; Signature: “Love to you both, [typewritten] Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie” [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on January 4, 1947, commenting on Arthur’s mother’s visit [May King, nee Wookey] and reports he had received of her apparent good health.
Salutation: “Dear Arthur” ; Signature: “With fondest love, Yours affectionately Uncle Willie” [handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Telegram from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on June 20, 1947, informing him of the following day’s radio broadcast of President Harry Truman’s speech to Parliament. [1]
Salutation: none; Signature: “Love and all good wishes=W L Mackenzie King.”

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur on February 17, 1948, in response to one received. King informs Arthur that after some months of ill health, King's sister and Arthur's aunt, Jennie, has had an operation for a perforated appendix and has recovered. King describes also the "miraculous" recovery of Mr. Handy's son who, after having spent 14 months in hospital, is now at home "with his leg completely restored."
King expresses pleasure at Arthur's report of his progress at work and his advancement to a supervisory position, remarking "It means that your future is now secured."
King advises having, or moving to, living quarters with plenty of sunlight, as beneficial to health. He also agrees with Arthur that Arthur's mother has "gained a new strength and power," and asks, "How are the vitamins holding out?"
Salutation: "My dear Arthur" [handwritten; Signature: "Your loving uncle Willie."
Includes handwritten corrections.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King (while at the 1948 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in London, England) [1] to his nephew Arthur on October 18, 1948, in reply to a letter from Arthur and Kathleen apparently expressing concern about King's health. King downplays the press reports of his "condition" and explains that he has taken medical advice to "take a complete rest instead of attempting to go on with the proceedings of the Prime Ministers' Meetings at Downing Street," and anticipates being in bed for a further week until boarding the "Queen Elizabeth" on October 29.
King expresses interest in Arthur and Kathleen's house and garden, and notes that everything is "going so well for your mother."
Salutation: "My dear Arthur" [handwritten]; Signature: "Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie" [handwritten].
Includes handwritten corrections.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.

Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur on June 14, 1949, expressing pleasure that Arthur and his wife Kathleen are going on holiday to Denver to see Arthur's mother. King cautions Arthur not to drive too fast or to far. He announces that he is now at Kingsmere for the summer, and that Arthur's Aunt Jennie and Rosabel will be staying with him in July.
Salutation: Dear Arthur [typewritten]; Signature: With fondest love and all good wishes to you both, Yours affectionately, Uncle Willie." [Handwritten].

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

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