By Maud J. McLean
The inner most and public lives of James David Edgar and Matilda Ridout Edgar symbolized the more and more advanced nature of Toronto society as older generations steadily gave approach to a brand new new release of "outsiders" looking repute and prominence.
James David Edgar (1841-1899), a self-made guy, born to proud notwithstanding impoverished Scottish-immigrant mom and dad in Quebec, turned a attorney, an writer, a railway promoter, an M.P. and eventually speaker of the home of Commons in Ottawa. Matilda Ridout Edgar (1845-1910) used to be certainly one of Canada’s first generally revered woman historians and finally president of the nationwide Council of girls of Canada from 1906 till her death.
This twin biography, published throughout the voices of James and Matilda, as expressed via correspondence, offers insights into 19th-century Canadian background, and offers a jointly supportive conjugal relationship, each one encouraging specialist success for the opposite – a stance miraculous during this period of male dominance.
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