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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.
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December 19, 1943 (Creation)
- King, William Lyon Mackenzie
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"William Lyon Mackenzie King had a long political career. He was leader of the Liberal Party for 29 eventful years through the buoyant expansion of the 1920s, the depression of the 1930s, the shock of World War II, and then the post-war reconstruction, and for 21 of these years he was Canada’s prime minister. His decisions during this time contributed significantly to the shaping of Canada and to its development as an influential middle power in world affairs. During his lifetime his achievements were sometimes obscured by a style notable for its compromises. After his death his political career was sometimes overshadowed by the revelation of his unsuspected personal idiosyncrasies."
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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, 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].
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Donated by John English in 2019.
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Letter: 2 p. (of 4, folded leaf) ; 18 x 11 cm.
Printed letterhead: Laurier House, Ottawa.
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- King, Arthur Macdougall (Subject)
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Described May 2019 by JSB.
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 The First Quebec Conference was a secret conference Between the U.S., British and Canadian governments, held in Quebec City August 17-24, 1943: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Quebec_Conference