New York Feby 4th 1820.
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.
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.