By Louise Reynolds
Agnes Macdonald's deepest 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, clearly adventurous lady who needed to switch her kind 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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The Board of Health could only advise people to limit their diets to arrowroot pap made with water and 'more or less brandy'. Walter Stewart, Theodora's brother-in-law, who was working in the Board of Health, wrote to her with his own personal suggestions for dealing with the epidemic: Tell Hewitt to advise something like this to all his friends. 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.
One of the finest of these was Shaftesbury Hall, and it was there that Agnes first saw John A. Hewitt pointed out his Chief, who was sitting in the front gallery with some ladies. '16 Although John A. certainly seems to have made an impression on her, Agnes was too busy getting to know her new home to be overly interested in him. She also had to try to reconcile two vastly different pictures of the man — that reported by Hewitt and that painted by his constant enemy, the Globe. In any event, there was little opportunity for her to see him during the next few months.
Toronto also offered welcome cultural attractions. Well-organized, amateur theatrical groups entertained the public. The Grand Opera House had not yet been built, but concerts were given in quite adequate halls. One of the finest of these was Shaftesbury Hall, and it was there that Agnes first saw John A. Hewitt pointed out his Chief, who was sitting in the front gallery with some ladies. '16 Although John A. certainly seems to have made an impression on her, Agnes was too busy getting to know her new home to be overly interested in him.