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Eleanor Whitridge (later Greenough, then Thwaites) was a granddaughter of Matthew Arnold. King probably first met her in New York in 1908. They maintained their friendship through correspondence and occasional visits in Montreal, New York and London until King's death in 1950. Over the years, Eleanor gave Mackenzie King numerous gifts of items that had belonged to Matthew Arnold or been written by him, including books, volumes of poetry and personal letters. The letters are now in the W.L. Mackenzie King Papers at Library and Archives Canada, and the books are in Library and Archives Canada or at Laurier House.