John A.'s First Legal Case

October 8, 1834
The unveiling of 'Holding Court.'  L-R: Robert Quaiff (Mayor of Prince Edward County), Daryl Kramp (M.P. Hastings and Prince Edward), Janet Minor (Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada), Ruth Abernethy (Artist), David Warrick (Chair of the Macdonald Project). Source: The Macdonald Project.Pinterest
The unveiling of 'Holding Court.' L-R: Robert Quaiff (Mayor of Prince Edward County), Daryl Kramp (M.P. Hastings and Prince Edward), Janet Minor (Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada), Ruth Abernethy (Artist), David Warrick (Chair of the Macdonald Project). Source: The Macdonald Project.

Macdonald's first legal case ended in a  fistfight with the opposing counsel at the Picton courthouse. As retold by his secretary Joseph Pope many years later: "The old clerk of the court, who quite liked John A., shouted 'order in the court,' adding in a low, but intenslely sympathetic voice ... 'Hit him, John.'  I have heard Sir John Macdonald say that, in many a parliamentary encounter of after years, he has seemed to hear, above the excitement of the occasion, the voice of the old crier whispering in his ear the words of encouragement, 'Hit him, John!'"