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Harry Baldwin, 1928
Harry Baldwin joined Mackenzie King's staff in 1927 and was King's Principal Private Secretary from 1929 to 1930.
Harry Baldwin joined King's staff in 1927 and was Principal Private Secretary from 1929 to 1930. After his first meeting with Baldwin, King wrote in his diary: "I took to him at once, I liked his appearance immensely, also his address & manners which are perfect. He has a noble countenance, and I believe is just the man I have been looking for. Most intelligent, charming to talk with, fine purpose & ideals, & I believe good common sense. I liked his appreciation of Kingsmere." (Diary, September 22, 1927) Shortly after that, King wrote: "I can see B. is going to take hold in good fashion. ... a perfect gentleman, just the man I have needed & been looking for right along." (Diary, October 3, 1927) The following spring King wrote: "Baldwin ...is excellent - a splendid private secretary & fine fellow he has been a godsend to me." (Diary, May 11, 1928)
When King was leaving the Prime Minister's Office following the defeat of his government in 1930, "Baldwin had a vase of roses put on my desk from the staff." (Diary, August 7, 1930) Baldwin's connection with King ended with the change of government.