Date Published: 1902
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in good condition, tiny filing hole.
Hotel Cecil, Strand W.C. [London] red embossed logo letterhead, 30 June 1902 Autograph Letter Signed Wilfrid Laurier, while in office as Prime Minister of Canada, to Sir Frederick Young, thanking him for the copy of his last book (probably Pioneer of Imperial. Federation in Canada 1902), and explaining that he and his wife are unable to accept Sir Frederick s courteous invitation due to "many engagements of an official character". PS with WL initials.
Laurier visited the United Kingdom in 1902, and took part in the 1902 Colonial Conference and the coronation of King Edward VII on 9 August 1902.
Young met with Laurier at some functions with Laurier and in his book Young states "He agreed with Sir Wilfrid Laurier, that Canadians should have a place in the Councils of the Empire." p111.
Sir Frederick Young (1817-1913), K.C.M.G., was born on 21 June 1817 in Limehouse, London, the son of George Frederick Young, M.P. He was educated in Homerton before becoming a merchant in London. In 1869 he began an association with the Royal Colonial Institute that was to last for the rest of his life and saw him become the Institute's Vice-President and Honorary Secretary. He was awarded in 1888 with his K.C.M.G. status. Young served as a J.P. and Deputy-Lieutenant. He promoted the permanent union of the colonies with the Mother Country and published works on imperial federation and the empire. He also travelled widely, visiting Canada, Greece, South Africa and Turkey.
Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919) was Canada's seventh and first French-Canadian Prime Minister and third "elected" Prime Minister (after Sir John A. Macdonald), 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 Federal politics in the House of Commons 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”.
Near Fine. Item #7991