MINTO, 4th Earl, Governor General of Canada. 18087



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Bertie’, to Lt. Col. The Hon. W.F.Elliot in Edinburgh, about Jock’s wound in the Boer War “scrawling these lines in the train on the way down to Lake Erie to have some duck shooting”, with mention of the coming elections. 3 pp. 8 x 5 inches, official stationery of “Car Victoria”, incorporating a little illustration of the train, with the envelope (”Car Victoria” and red wax seal on verso), Ontario postmark,backstamped Hamilton 13 November 1900 and Edinburgh 24 November 1900. Inscribed ‘Via New York’. Car Victoria [The Governor General’s train], Near Lake Erie, 12 November [1900]. Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto (1845-1914) became Governor General of Canada (1898-1904) and Viceroy of India. Lord Minto was named Governor General of Canada in the summer of 1898. Sir Wilfrid Laurier wrote that Lord Minto “took his duties to heart” and a review of his life reveals an energetic man who welcomed many challenges and responsibilities. Lord Minto’s term of office was marked by a period of strong nationalism which saw economic growth coupled with massive immigration to Canada. Relations with the United States were strained as border and fishing disputes continued to create problems between the two countries. In September 1901, after Queen Victoria’s death in January, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later to become King George V and Queen Mary) visited Canada, and travelled with Lady Minto to western Canada and the Klondike. Lord Minto, like his predecessors, travelled throughout the young country — he crossed Quebec, Ontario and western Canada, visiting former battlegrounds where he had served during the North-West Rebellion. He rode throughout western Canada with the North West Mounted Police, and enjoyed the Quebec countryside on horseback.