An Important TLS 1908 R. L. Borden Political Quebec Strategy Letter
Date Published: 1908
Binding: No binding
AN IMPORTANT BORDEN LETTER
Typed Letter, signed "R. L. Borden," dated Ottawa, August 26th, 1908, addressed to a Col. A. Audet, Montreal, written on House of Commons stationery. 27 lines on two 8 x 10 sheets, was folded now flat, first page with some toning mostly on right edge, otherwise very good condition.
A lengthy letter discussing Conservative Party strategy for the upcoming 1908 federal election.
Borden writes: “Dear Colonel Audet:/ Your letter of the 25th inst. is at hand. It is I needless to say that we are most anxious to win as many seats as possible in the Province of Quebec. There has never been/ any thought of ignoring that Province or endeavouring to win without it. It is not very helpful to refer to defeats of I the past. The main effort should be to accomplish more satis-factory results in the future. The youngmen [sic] both in the I district of Montreal and in the district of Quebec have I created a certain organization and in addition to this I there is the Executive of Montreal under the chairmanship of Sir Alexandre Lacoste. It is useless for me to attempt to take charge of the organization in your Province. That is a / matter which must be left largely in the hands of the Conserva-/tives of that Province. I would be glad if you would consult I Mr. Monk, Sir Alexandre Lacoste and other leading friends and I give them the benefit of your suggestions. So far as I am concerned my only desire is to bring about unity of action on behalf of all conservatives as well as all men of good will who are opposed to the record of the present Government./ Believe me, I Yours Faithfully [signed] R.L. Borden
The 1908 election was not successful for Borden’s conservatives with 52 Liberals and 12 conservatives.
The 1911 election was successful for Borden’s conservatives ended 15 years of with 36 Liberals and 26 Conservatives in Quebec. They more than doubled the 1908 Quebec Conservatives.
Sir Alexandre Lacoste, 1842-1923, Senator, Chief Justice of the Province of Quebec.
Frederick Debartzch Monk, 1856-1914, lawyer, M.P., leader of the Liberal-Conservative Party in Quebec, 1900-1904.
Col. Alphonse Audet was a military officer who did the translation in 1879 into French for the book "Field Exercise" and published in Montreal where he lived.