By Louise Reynolds
Agnes Macdonald's inner most papers are used for the special 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, clearly adventurous lady who needed to switch her variety because 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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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.
It was not until late in February, 1858, that Hewitt's preparations for the departure were completed. During the interval, he, his mother and his sister said farewell to their new friends, beginning with the the first contacts Hewitt had made — the James Pattons. By now they could count many other prominent residents among their circle: the Lallys, to whom they were soon to be related by marriage; the Hopkins, with whom Richard worked for a time; the O'Briens, some of whom Agnes would keep in touch with even as an old lady; the Ardaghs, whose daughter, Martha, was a close friend of Agnes; Mrs.
Arranged special decorations for the occasion: Its usual attractions were supplemented by tasteful decorations and designs.. . Around the upper walls, above the gallery, had been hung graceful festoons of crimson drapery, looped at intervals by pendants of roses and evergreens. Below the galleries, facing each other, were two alcoves, in one of which dwelt a life-size Cupid.... In the opposite alcove was placed a copy of Canova's celebrated statue of the 'Dancing Girl'. Near the entrance were the Three Graces, bearing a chaplet of beautiful flowers....
Agnes: The Biography of Lady Macdonald by Louise Reynolds