DID YOU KNOW THAT THE FATHER OF
CONFEDERATION AND THE FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA WAS AN INTERNATIONAL
"Macdonald's professional, family,
constituency, and parliamentary responsibilities produced intolerable
pressures. From time to time throughout his life he would break
away retreat from familiar scenes, sometimes alone, sometimes
with a friend, and drink heavily.
During this period, for example the exact date is not
known Macdonald and another young lawyer, John Rose of
Montreal, made a strange visit to the United States. Years later
Lord Carnarvon described the incident:
"When quite a young man [Sir John A. Macdonald] and Sir
John Rose, and a third, whose name I forget, went into the States
and wandered about as strolling musicians. Macdonald played some
rude instrument, Rose enacted the part of a bear and danced,
and the third did something else. To the great amusement of themselves
and everyone else, they collected pence by their performance
in wayside taverns, etc.
Source: Sir John A. Macdonald The Man and The Politician,
by Donald Swainson, Quarry Press Inc., 1971, p. 36.