By Louise Reynolds
Agnes Macdonald's inner most papers are used for the exact research 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, certainly adventurous girl who needed to swap her type as a result of her place within the public eye, yet who however retained her personal evaluations and lived her lifestyles with braveness and integrity.
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Let each street be divided between as many residents as possible. Let each have a portion of things such as Brandy, Vinegar, Turpentine, Arrowroot, Sugar and Mustard deposited with them for those who may require it at a moment. . 20 Despite these precautions, some 32,000 people died before the epidemic burned itself out. Part of the blame lay, as usual, with the drainage system, so it is slight wonder that Agnes was to worry so much about the drains in her first home in Ottawa. After Thomas' death, Hewitt became the man of the house, and it was to him that Theodora turned for guidance.
20 Despite these precautions, some 32,000 people died before the epidemic burned itself out. Part of the blame lay, as usual, with the drainage system, so it is slight wonder that Agnes was to worry so much about the drains in her first home in Ottawa. After Thomas' death, Hewitt became the man of the house, and it was to him that Theodora turned for guidance. In her opinion, he was 'an excellent and honourable young m a n . . '21 Except for her sister's husband and Hewitt, Theodora had no men in the family whose guidance she might seek at this time.
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. If John A. did, in fact, propose to her during their time in Quebec City, Agnes, with no informed opinion available to her as to how to cope with alcoholism, must have made up 29 her mind that she could not risk the future as his wife. In 1862, she was twenty-six years old, seemingly not inclined to rush into marriage. At one time, during her days in England, family members had said they hoped Agnes 'has got a young Irishman',31 but nothing more had been heard of such a possibility and Agnes had continued to live a satisfactory life as a single person.
Agnes: The Biography of Lady Macdonald by Louise Reynolds