Agnes: The Biography of Lady Macdonald by Louise Reynolds

By Louise Reynolds

Agnes Macdonald's deepest papers are used for the specific 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 girl who needed to swap her sort as a result of her place within the public eye, yet who however retained her personal reviews and lived her lifestyles with braveness and integrity.

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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. As with leaving England, it must have been a hard decision for Theodora to make, but a look at Agnes' later life shows that she was always willing to travel, always ready for the next adventure.

He lavished time, attention and money on her, time and attention that, had she been in good health, he would have been spending on his law practice, which suffered from his absences. In 1847, she bore him a son who lived but a few months. A second son, Hugh John, was born in 1850; this time the baby lived, but Isabella's own health became steadily worse. , who by now had branched out into politics, tried to attend to his new, demanding du ties. It was a lonely, sad time for him, one that was to leave its mark.

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.

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