Place Published: Ottawa
Publisher: William Lyon MacKenzie King
Date Published: 1950
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
20.3cm x 25.5 cm (8 x 10 inches) folded to 20.3cm x 12.5cm (8 x 5 inches) but flat as it is now.
Typed 2pp personal letter dated May 13, 1950 on Laurier House letterhead, (TSL) hand-written salutation and inscription and signature Billy (William Lyon MacKenzie King ). Letter had been torn and repaired using Japanese mulberry and silk fibre paper. In very good condition otherwise. A scarce to rare personal signed and inscribed document to Canada's longest serving Prime Minister. Letter to Mrs. Mary Scott, 82 South Drive, Toronto, Ont. A friend of his parents and whom he had previous personal correspondence with before and after this. WLKM had very few friends and family and rarely showed his private side in public which makes these type of personal communications insightful and rare. Highly collectable. WLMK, a man of many faces and names — Willie, Rex, Mackenzie, Billy— His mother referred to him as "Billy". Called "Billy" by his classmates - a member of the class of '95 at University of Toronto. "He may want to be a politician one day," his friend Oscar Rumpal contributed, "but if you meet Billy in a fist fight you''ll know why we call The Rebel" quoted from William Lyon Mackenzie King: p.14, Dreams and Shadows By Lian Goodall.
Part of the contents makes reference to address given by Leonard Walker Brockington in connection with the Opening of Mackenzie House (William Lyon Mackenzie, his grandfather), 82 Bond Street, Toronto. Tuesday, May 9th, 1950. To quote MacKenzie King from this letter, "It was one of the finest speeches to which I have listened. I thought often how my father and mother would have rejoiced in listening to it, and their parents before them" Brockington was Special Assistant to Prime Minister Mackenzie King from 1939 to 1942 as a a special advisor to Mackenzie King's war cabinet.
Good. Item #4389