J. Patrick Boyer studied law at the International Court of Justice in The Netherlands, served as Canadaâ€™s Parliamentary Secretary for External Affairs, and works for democratic development overseas. The author of twenty-three books on Canadian history, law, politics, and governance, Patrick lives with wife, Elise, in Muskoka and Toronto.
Another Country, Another Life
A young law clerk from England falls in love in 19th-century New York and reinvents himself in Canada.
Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many lives: a scapegoated law clerk in England; a soldier in the mad Crimean War; a lawyer on swirling Broadway Avenue in New York. His escape from each was wrapped in deep secrecy. He eventually reached Canada, in 1869, with a new wife and a changed name. In his new home â€” the remote wilderness of Muskoka â€” he crafted yet another persona for himself. In Another Country, Another Life, his great-grandson traces that long-hidden journey, exposing Isaac Jelfsâ€™ covered tracks and the reasons for his double life.
This is a compelling life story, in terms of both history and mystery, with a richly drawn context about the fledgling province of Ontario in the early post-Confederation years.
. . . a rare gem about early Canadian pioneers.