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A Real Companion and Friend:
The diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King

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Behind the Diary

A King's Who's Who Biographies

Rachel Bleaney (ca.1877-1934)

Rachel Bleaney was a fortune teller in Kingston, whom King visited during the election campaign of 1925. She talked to him about his family, especially his mother, and made several predictions about his future. King was very impressed, and wrote a detailed account of this meeting. (Diary, October 20, 1925) The next year he invited Mrs. Bleaney to Laurier House to tell his fortune just before the election, and he visited her from time to time after that. He wrote of Mrs. Bleaney, "my purpose in seeing her has always been to have her as a sort of medium through whom dear mother sends her messages to me." (Diary, September 23, 1931)

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