By Louise Reynolds
Agnes Macdonald's deepest papers are used for the specific examine of Canada's "first lady," who grew to become 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, obviously adventurous lady who needed to swap her kind 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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Secured an apprenticeship in the Kingston law office of George MacKenzie. The young man also boarded with his employer, and it was in that house that he got his first feeling for politics. During evening discussions, MacKenzie's interest in local issues made an indelible impression. At the same time, John A. learned something else that was later to stand him in good stead: he learned to debate. The precenter of Kingston's St. Andrew's Church, who was often referred to as a 'queer fellow' and a 'free-thinker of the 19 worst kind', 'took a fancy to the clever lad and frequently engaged him in controversy regarding the Bible.
Meanwhile, John A. tried to fill the emptiness of his life with work and boon companions who, more often than not, had a bottle on hand. When Isabella died, John A. had already been in politics for thirteen years and, in spite of his personal worries, had gone steadily up the ladder. From a start as a Kingston alderman, he had gone on to the larger political arena of the Parliament of Upper and Lower Canada in 1844. So tenuous was the union between the two Canadas that they compromised even on where their capital should be, moving back and forth between Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City.
And Mrs. 29 Children's Feast. Oct. 30 Nov. 31 By November 10, Agnes and Theodora had been away from their home in Jamaica for nearly six months, and they were ready to settle down. They found a home with relatives who lived in the vicarage at Lacock, a little village near Bath, the heart of that part of the country where many Jamaicans sent their sons 'home' to study and settled if they returned from the island. In this picturesque setting, Theodora and Agnes lived for the next three years. It was a waiting period for them, and they seem to have tried to reconcile themselves to that situation, as well as to the inadvisability of too much travelling about in England.
Agnes: The Biography of Lady Macdonald by Louise Reynolds