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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Arthur King.
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January 19, 1947 (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 marked "Personal" from William Lyon Mackenzie King to his nephew Arthur King on January 19, 1947 in response to and supportive of the news that Arthur is moving to Toronto to work for Ontario Hydro. King enumerates Arthur’s qualifying experience and background, compares Toronto to Montreal as a suitable place to live, and offers a list of factors to consider when looking for a place to live.
Salutation: “My dear Arthur” [handwritten]; Signature: “With fondest love to you and Kathleen, and again with many thanks for your letter and all good wishes Believe me [?] Affectionately yours Uncle Willie” [handwritten].
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Donated by John English in 2019.
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Letter: 2 leaves ; 25 x 20 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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