Place Published: Arthabaskaville
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier
Date Published: 1875
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
EARLY LETTER FROM CANADA'S FIRST FRANCOPHONE PRIME MINISTER
“Wilfrid Laurier,” dated Arthabaskaville, 10th April, 1875, addressed to Donald Alexander MacDonald, Postmaster General, Ottawa. 17 lines on one 8vo sheet, docketed by MacDonald on the verso, vertical fold, near fine.
Laurier writes: “ Arthabaskaville,/ 10th April, 1875./ Hon. D. A. Macdonald / Postmaster General, / Ottawa,/ Dear Sir;
/ I had been / given to understand / that there would be / from the first of April, / a Tri-weekly mail / between Arthabaska/ Station & Bulstrode & / Ste. Clotilde. Is it not / yet in operation./ Yours respectfully, / Wilfrid Laurier.”
PITTAWAY & JARVIS, Photographers, Ottawa. Hon. Wilfrid Laurier. [Ottawa, ca. 1890's] Original photograph,
head and shoulder portrait, very good condition. Both pieces matted together, fine condition.
History of Arthabaska: The name of Arthabaska was suggested at the end of the eighteenth century, by John Gregory, fur trader, probably in honor of a vast lake in western Canada, where he worked for North Company. Cree language in the Athabaska word means "where there are rushes and reeds." In 1853 the City of Arthabaska is founded under the name of Saint-Christophe-d'Arthabaska. In 1858, the township of Arthabaska consists judicial district after the construction of the railway. In 1861, a portion of the town was detached and was named Victoriaville. In 1890, Sainte-Victoire-d'Arthabaska is formed as a result of a new detachment. Later, in the late nineteenth century, there detach the village of Arthabaskaville, completely surrounded by St. Kitts d'Arthabaska. In 1903, the city becomes Arthabaskaville Arthabaska. Finally, in 1993, three localities or Victoriaville, Arthabaska and Saint-Victoire-d'Arthabaska, come together to form the current city. In the new city, the population chose the name Victoriaville for the new city.
Arthabaskaville has always distinguished itself as a village culture. Here born painter Marc-Aurèle De Foy Suzor-Côté and many Quebec celebrities settle in Arthabaskaville, including the member Armand Lavergne, the poet Adolphe Poisson or the Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919) was Canada's eighth Prime Minister, holding office 1896-1911. Laurier was born in St. Lin, Quebec. He received a law degree from McGill University in 1864, and practiced law in Montreal and Arthabaskville from 1864-1896. Wilfrid Laurier was Liberal party leader from 1887 until his death in 1919.
Donald Alexander Macdonald was a businessman, politician, and office holder. He became a railway contractor and was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1857 to 1867. He was the Liberal Member of Parliament for Glengarry in the Canadian House of Commons from 1867 to 1875, and served as Postmaster General of Canada. In 1875 Macdonald was appointed the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and held that post until 1880. He died in Montreal in 1896. In a 2010 poll of 1,000 Canadians, weekly news magazine Maclean’s asked who Canada’s greatest Prime-Minister was. More than 80% of respondents replied “Wilfrid Laurier”.