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By Louise Reynolds

Agnes Macdonald's inner most papers are used for the targeted learn 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, clearly adventurous girl who needed to swap her type as a result of her place within the public eye, yet who however retained her personal reviews and lived her existence with braveness and integrity.

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The Lizard Point. 25 The three-week passage (an average for those early days of steam or steam and sail combined) had been undertaken during the hurrricane season, and it was, doubtless, a great relief to be on dry land again. From Southampton, they went up to London by train, a type of transportation that was something of a novelty for them. People were literally pouring into London from all parts of the country eager to see that marvel of the summer of 1851, the Great Exhibition. To Agnes, who knew England only from her brothers' tales, it was all very strange and wonderful.

Macdonald. His decision brought yet another change to the family. A life that had seemed more settled than any they had known since Thomas Bernard's death came to an end. Richard had to remain in Barrie to complete his studies, but Theodora and Agnes decided to go to Toronto with Hewitt. There was the tug of parting from their new and good friends in Barrie, 22 but running counter to this was the attraction of returning to an urban way of life. Toronto was already a city and, as such, offered a more varied cultural and social life than Barrie, no matter how pleasant, could provide.

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. Agnes must have been well aware of what was going on. In addition to the jokes in the press, there were days when Hewitt did not even hear from his Chief. Although alcohol was consumed on a vast scale in contemporary Canada, she could see for herself that drinking had a far more disastrous effect on John A. than on most of the men she knew. It must have been impossible for her to come to terms with his problem, one that was little understood in those days.

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