The 1861 Election Celebration

1861
Painting of waterfront near Portsmouth Village by Charles Wrenshall (1838-1928). Source: private collection.Pinterest
Painting of waterfront near Portsmouth Village by Charles Wrenshall (1838-1928). Image: private collection.

Macdonald celebrated his 1861 election victory at Hazeldell, the home in Portsmouth village where his mother and family were living. He arrived in a beautifully decorated carriage drawn by six horses followed by a procession of more than a 100 carriages. Eighty-four-year-old Helen Macdonald helped prepare the victory meal – “a bountiful collation was spread on tables beneath the pleasant shade of trees” – the last election she would ever celebrate.