Agnes Macdonald's Influence on Sir John A.'s Mood

July 7, 1867
Lady Agnes Macdonald circa 1873 by William Topley. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Lady Agnes Macdonald circa 1873 by William Topley. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Not surprisingly, Sir John A put in some long hours at the office. In her diary a week after Confederation, Agnes Macdonald gives us an insider’s view of his mood and their relationship. "He comes in with a very moody brow, tired and oppressed, his voice weak, his step slow, and ten minutes after, he is making clever jokes and laughing like a school boy with his hands in his pockets, and his head thrown back…. I think he likes me to be near him; he is so equable and good-natured that being near him is always refreshing."