Agnes Macdonald's Religion

1867-1891
Lady S. Agnes Macdonald (née Bernard) circa 1873 by William Topley. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Lady S. Agnes Macdonald (née Bernard) circa 1873 by William Topley. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Passionately devoted to an unusually puritanical Anglicanism, Agnes's religious beliefs were a major influence on the Macdonald home. Against dancing and most games of cards, Agnes nonetheless hosted weekly dinners and frequent tea-parties for John A.'s collegues and their wives. She struggled as a hostess, especially if John A. were not present and records in her diary that "I never enjoy myself much when he does not assist and his pleasant easy manner makes all go well."