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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.
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May 7, 1945 (Creation)
- King, William Lyon Mackenzie
- San Francisco
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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 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.  On May 7 the Nazis surrendered unconditionally with May 8 to be the end of the war, Victory in Europe day. 
Salutation: “Dear Arthur” [handwritten]; Signature: “With fondest love to Kathleen & yourself. Your affectionate uncle Willie” [handwritten].
Includes envelope. Both envelope and letter marked “Personal.”
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Donated by John English in 2019.
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Letter: 1 leaf ;24 x 16 cm.
Engraved letterhead: “ Hotel St. Francis, Union Square, San Francisco”
Envelope addressed but not stamped.
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- King, Arthur Macdougall (Subject)
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Described May 2019 by JSB.
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 “The United Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO), commonly known as the San Francisco Conference, was a convention of delegates from 50 Allied nations that took place from 25 April 1945 to 26 June 1945 in San Francisco, California”: https://www.un.org/en/sections/history-united-nations-charter/1945-san-francisco-conference/index.html