Date Published: 1914
8 x 10 inches, 4pp House of Commons Canada letterhead, Ottawa, February 25th, 1914. Only first page typed and signed. Last page handwritten is 25th of February 1914 Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lord Strathcona dead.
Dear Sirs, Lady Laurier has handed me yours of the 6th inst, and as her eyesight is failing her she asks me to acknowledge to you the receipt of it. She will communicate directly with Lady Strathcona [Margaret Charlotte Smith, 2nd Baroness Strathcona] to offer her thanks. Believe me. Yours sincerely Wilfrid Laurier
Messrs. Skeene, Edwards and Carso, 5 Albyn Place, Edinburg, Scotland An answer to Lady Strathcona, relating to the death of Lord Strathcona. Isabella Sophia Hardisty (1825–1913) became Isabella Sophia, Baroness Strathcona and Mount Royal was Lord Stathcona's wife and they had one child, a girl, Margaret Charlotte Smith [Howard] (1854-1926). In accordance with the special remainder to the 1900 barony, she succeeded her father becoming Margaret Charlotte Smith , 2nd Baroness Strathcona and Mount Royal on 21 January 1914.
Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, death was 21st January, 1914. He was a Scottish-born Canadian businessman who became one of the British Empire's foremost builders and philanthropists. He became commissioner, governor and principal shareholder of the Hudson's Bay Company. He was president of the Bank of Montreal and with his first cousin, Lord Mount Stephen, co-founded the Canadian Pacific Railway. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and afterwards represented Montreal in the House of Commons of Canada. He was Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1896 to 1914. He was chairman of Burmah Oil and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. He was chancellor of McGill University (1889–1914) and the University of Aberdeen.
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. Wilfrid Laurier was Liberal party leader from 1887 until his death in 1919 . His nearly 45 years (1874-1919) of service in the House of Commons stands as a record in Canadian politics.