Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Donald Fraser, 4 February 1820

New York Feby 4th 1820.

Venerable Sir,

You will herewith receive a Biographical Stetch of yourself, Subject to correction & additions:—Likewise, a Copy of a Prospectus of a work of mine nearly ready for Press,—& a Small Pamphlate which I lately published; the Perusal of the latter, may amuse your Daughters.

That you may bear with due fortitude, the infirmities, incident to advanced age, & all the happiness which you can expect here, & eternal felicity hereafter, is, the Sincere wish, of one who, has the honor to be, with Great respect, Sir, Your humble & obedient Servant

Donald Fraser senr


Motto [for my “Biographical Compendium”

By candour led, our various page, displays,

Some traits of those who lived, to merit praise.

To virtuous men we give the honour due

True to themselves, & to their Country true.

To living worth, give what merit claims,

Here tell their deeds, & here record their names;

Let those who wish, or aim, to act so well,

Their lives review, & then, like them excell.

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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