Mercy Coles’ 1864 Confederation Diary

Mercy Coles 1864 PEI Confederation Diary

Excerpted from Canada’s History (August-September 2014); “Daughters of Confederation” by Anne MacDonald.

Mercy Coles, the twenty-six-year-old daughter of George Coles, Prince Edward Island’s Father of Confederation, wrote of her travels and of the events, balls, banquets, people, and whirlwind of social happenings and political manoeuvrings as they impacted her and her desires. Coles was the oldest single young woman (aside from Thomas Haviland’s widowed sister, Mrs. Alexander, who was forty) at the conference back when twenty-six was old to be single. Not surprisingly, Coles was very interested in the men, and many of them, including John A. Macdonald, were taken with her.

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~ by artpoped on August 21, 2014.

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