I just heard on CBC (public radio) about the fourth Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John Thompson, of Nova Scotia, who married Annie Affleck (sp?).
The letters they wrote to each other during their courtship in the 1860's came to light a while ago, but they were written in some kind of code which seemed impossible to decipher. Eventually the British Museum in London found someone who realized the writing was actually in Dodge Shorthand, an early form of that style which was published by J. Dodge in a book in 1823, but was superceded by Pitman and Gregg shorthands, and eventually forgotten - except by a few like Annie and her John.
Sir John, a judge in Antigonish and Halifax, NS, was reluctantly persuaded by Annie to accept the invitation of Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada's first Prime Minister, to become part of the new Government of (the Dominion of) Canada in 1867 in Ottawa. In 1894, months after becoming the fourth PM of Canada, he died of a massive heart attack while eating at the dinner table of Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. He was only in his late 40's at the time. Annie Afflect evidently moved to Ontario after his death.
Does anyone posting here know more about Annie Affleck who was briefly the 'first lady' of Canada and long-time wife of Sir John Thompson ? Was she perhaps from the Affleck families of Prince Edward Island ? Were there children of this marriage ?