File 143 - King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Harvey J. Sims.

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  • February 28, 1931 (Authorship)
    King, William Lyon Mackenzie

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The Reverend James Sims was born ca.1812 in Insch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On June 1, 1836, he married the widow Janet Harvey Robertson and in 1837 came to Canada with a large party of relatives: his father and mother, his wife and step-children Alexander, John and Jane Robertson, his brothers Peter and Andrew Sims, his sister Margaret, and nephews James and Peter Sims. In 1838 they moved to land near Hawkesville, Wellesley Township. James and Margaret Sims had four children: Janet Sims, (1838-1926), James Campbell Sims (1842-1929), Peter Harvey Sims (1844-1920) and William Andrew Sims (1846-1930). James Sims died October 31, 1880. Both he, his immediate descendants and further generations were important forces in the educational, religious and commercial development of what is now the Region of Waterloo.

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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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Donated in 2019 by the Sims Family.


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Contrary to the relaxed tone of King's letter, King's diaries show him in a distressed state of mind, occupied both with his speech and his sick dog. He and Harvey talked for an hour or so late at night Saturday. [1]

The speech was reported in the Globe and Mail. [2]

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2 leaves ; 26 x 21 cm.
Printed letterhead: Laurier House, Ottawa.

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Described July 2019 JSB

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[1] 1931 Diary item 12785 mar 14 G0003O9A.gif
[2] Marchington, William. "Advances in tariff vigorously fought, Liberals will concentrate on Bennett's proposed high wall". Accessed through
The Globe (1844-1936); Mar 19, 1931; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail pg. 3.

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