New York Octr 10th 1819.
You will herewith receive a Biographical Sketch, concerning Yourself,—Written, I trust, in an Impartial and with candour; Devoid of the Derrogating &, Depreciation of character, which was a blemish in that Giant of Literature, Dr Samuel Johnson’s “Lives of the Poets.”
I have two sons, who would not like to see their old Parent act the base sycophant.—nor shall I act part, as my Preface will evince.
My eldest son, Donald, was four times wonded, in the face of the enemy; And was aid-camp to Generals, Pike, Porter & Brown. My Sons thank God, are truly filial & contribute to my Support, since I lost the fruits of many year’s industry, by mis-placed confidence.
Donald Fraser Senr
MHi: Coolidge Collection.