A Merchant Prince: Life of Hon. Senator John MacDonald (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from A Merchant Prince: Life of Hon. Senator John Macdonald

This Biography has been undertaken at the solicitation of friends, outside the family of Mr. Macdonald, who felt that some record should be preserved of a life which shed so much light and love and quickening influence upon our young nation. It was a life not only worth living, but worth being studied - a life replete with the highest activities, brim-full of the noblest deeds, and so furnishing an example as rare as it was beautiful.

Biography is the literature of life, of the individual, per sonal life, which must always have a distinctness and an interest which cannot belong to any other kind of history.

The late Bishop Brooks has said: The intrinsic life of any human being is so interesting that, if it can be sym pathetically and simply put before the world's attention, it will be legitimately interesting to others. I have sought to conceive of Senator Macdonald's life as a whole, standing out distinct and complete by itself; and trust that his large Circle of acquaintances and friends will find here a true and living portrait of the man. I have not sought to follow a strictly chronological order, but simply to give a clear and connected outline of the chief events in his remarkable career.

The task has been a delightful one, but it has been performed under the constant pressure of duties of other kinds, and each interval during which the work has been laid aside has involved fresh labour upon its resumption.

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