Legal Apprenticeship


John A.'s formal education ends at age 15, when he begins articling with George Mackenzie, a Kingston lawyer and friend of the Macdonald family. Although an able law student who goes on to earn a decent living in the profession, he always regrets a lack of formal education. “If I had had a university education,” he laments to personal secretary Joseph Pope, “I should probably have entered upon the path of literature and acquired distinction therein.”