The Day of Sir John Macdonald

A Chronicle of the First Prime Minister of the Dominion

Author: Sir Joseph Pope
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,185 / 132 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.5
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Downloads: 925
Added to site: 2009.11.01
mnybks.net#: 25705
Origin: gutenberg.org
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t the bar, but this is quite a mistake. {12} Macdonald never made any speech in defence of Von Shoultz, for two very good reasons. First, the Pole pleaded guilty at the outset; and, secondly, the trial was by court-martial, on which occasions, in those days, counsel were not allowed to address the court on behalf of the prisoner.

This erroneous impression leads me to say that a good deal of misapprehension exists respecting the early manhood of Canada's first prime minister. He left school, as we have seen, at an age when many boys begin their studies. He did this in order that he might assist in supporting his parents and sisters, who, from causes which I have indicated, were in need of his help. The responsibility was no light one for a lad of fifteen. Life with him in those days was a struggle; and all the glamour with which writers seek to invest it, who begin their accounts by mysterious allusions to the mailed barons of his line, is quite out of place. His grandfather was a merchant in a Highland

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