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Excerpt from Transaction No. 8 of the Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto, 1914
For many years Lady Edgar devoted herself to her young and numerous family, and having also her husband's political career at heart she did not early discover the literary talent with which she was so amply endowed. This discovery came only in 1890, when she undertook to edit an interesting collection of the Ridout letters. The resultant volume Ten Years of Upper Canada (william Briggs, 1895)-revealed her sense of historical perspective, her easy mastery of detail, and her possession of a literary style that was at once limpid, nervous and strong.
Politics once more thrust letters into the background. Mr. Edgar was at this time one of the most able and active workers in the Liberal Opposition, and was naturally marked out for important office with the advent of his party to power. The change of Govern ment took place with the elections of 1896. Mr. Edgar's health had meanwhile seriously broken down, and he retired from active political life with his acceptance of the office of Speaker of'the House of Commons. The wife's sweetness of manner, her energy and her talent, no less than her husband's dignity and judgment, contributed to make that Speakership though tragically brief yet memorable, and subtly different and removed from the accustomed type.
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