By Louise Reynolds
Agnes Macdonald's inner most papers are used for the distinctive learn of Canada's "first lady," who turned Sir John A. Macdonald's moment spouse at the eve of Confederation. The author's well-researched telling of Agnes's tale paints an image of a politically astute, evidently adventurous lady who needed to swap her variety as a result of her place within the public eye, yet who however retained her personal critiques and lived her lifestyles with braveness and integrity.
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Advanced quickly up the political ladder, crossing swords at every rung with Reformer George Brown in an antagonism that was to last for decades. In 1854, John A. was named Attorney-General for Upper Canada, and by 1857 the forty-two-year-old lawyer from Kingston became head of the Liberal-Conservative Party. 8 In that year, the political team of Macdonald and Cartier, 9 which was to work together for so many years, came into being. 's life. With his heavy responsibilities as party head as well as AttorneyGeneral, John A.
Rather ''raw-boned" and angular. But she possessed a quick wit. . '28 John A. was probably first attracted by her personality, which may have reminded him of his mother in her younger days. Whatever drew him to Agnes in the first place, his admiration of her turned to love at some point. Sources are conflicting as to when that point occurred; it is not clear, 28 either, how well the two got to know each other during the years in Quebec City. ' 29 This is denied by others, who claim that John A.
Detected thinking that often paralleled his own. Without hesitation, he contacted the Barrie lawyer and asked if he would consider moving down to Toronto to work as his Secretary. It was an offer that seemed too good to pass up. Hewitt had accomplished the goals he had set in Jamaica over seven years earlier. Agnes and Theodora had been brought to Canada and seemed to be settled into their new home. Richard was well established and nearing the completion of his studies with the Upper Canada Law Society.
Agnes: The Biography of Lady Macdonald by Louise Reynolds