By Louise Reynolds
Agnes Macdonald's inner most papers are used for the exact examine 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 girl who needed to switch 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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M. asked if I had been there; I said no. "Keep out of it", said Mrs. " '5 And that is precisely what Agnes and Theodora did. It sounded as if the place was 't'other end of nowhere' and when Hewitt corroborated all the tales, they made their decision. During their eleven years in Canada, they had adjusted to life in three quite different settings — Barrie, Toronto and Quebec City. The thought of another move, this time to a rough, unfinished town where they would need to make yet another set of 32 friends, could not have seemed a very attractive proposition.
In his campaign speeches he had concentrated on the necessity of Canada maintaining a permanent connection with the mother country and avoided any references to the topic of the day, 'Responsible Government'. He had also been canny enough to discuss local issues, including the need for better roads into the interior. In emphasizing the need for transportation, he laid the groundwork for what was to become his major political battle in later years — his resolve to see the Canadian Pacific Railway constructed.
In October of the following year, Helen Macdonald died. 's life. He felt her loss greatly, and, added to his political worries, it turned him more and more to his old solace — alcohol. There had already been days the previous spring when he had not appeared in the House, and the Globe, in glee, had reported that he was having another of his 'attacks'. Now, his drinking increased in frequency, and while it did not provide him the comfort he sought, neither did it allow him to escape attention. Not only the Globe but also Grip, the Canadian equivalent of Punch, made him an object of ridicule, as did his opponents in the House.