Date Published: 1906
Binding: No binding
8 x 10-1/4 inches, was folded not flat. Typed Letter Signed, dated Ottawa, 2nd January 1906, on stationery of the Prime Minister's office with red embossed logo, addressed to W. Earl Hodgson, Perthshire, Scotland. 7 lines on one sheet. Providing the recipient with information, in part: "...I have asked the Department of Marine and Fisheries to supply you with all information in their possession. I will ask them again to comply with your requests as soon as possible, if it has not already been done..." Darkening along center bottom and pin hole in center of letter where letter was folded, otherwise in very good condition.
The recipient of this letter, W. Earl Hodgson, was a world acclaimed fisherman and author of at least three fishing related books; Salmon Fishing, Trout Fishing and An Angler's Season
Interesting story for this letter W. Earl Hodgson send Laurier directly to ask the Department of Marine and Fisheries for information he asked [touching the comparative condition of the salmon rivers of Eastern Canada from the angler's standpoint] for but never heard a response. Laurier did get Mr. F. Gourdeau of the Department of Marine and Fisheries, Deputy Minister's Office to respond in writing twice to Laurier (Jan.12 & Jan20, 1906). The story is Gourdeau's lengthy responses are quoted in W. Earl Hodgson's published 1906 first edition book, "Salmon Fishing", Chapter X", p255 to 262. Clearly Hodgson was looking for salmon fishing Eastern Canada from the angler's standpoint and certainly as not afraid to quote it whole in quotation form his book published the same year! The letter directly to Laurier got superb results!
Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919) was Canada's seventh and first French 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. Laurier was elected for the first time in 1871 to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Quebec, and was re-elected in 1874, this time to the House of Commons, where he would spend the rest of his career, nearly 45 years (1874–1919) stands as a record in Canadian politics. 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”.