Thomas Jefferson Papers

Donald Fraser to Thomas Jefferson, 4 December 1811

From Donald Fraser

New York Decr 4. 1811

Revered Sir

Permit me to present, for the honour of your acceptance, a copy of a “Compendium”; which I lately published—As a Small testimony of respect, & regard for your talents & Patriotic Character—

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, Sir, Your obdt humble Servant

D. Fraser

RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson L.L.D.”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Dec. 1811 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Fraser, A Compendium of the History of All Nations: exhibiting a Concise View of the Origin, Progress, Decline and Fall of the most Considerable Empires, Kingdoms, and States in the World (New York, 1809).

Donald Fraser (ca. 1753–1820), schoolmaster and author, immigrated to the United States about 1774, probably from Scotland. He supported himself by teaching and occasionally preaching in New England and Virginia, including three years as an educator in Manchester, New Hampshire, before moving to New York City in the 1780s. After teaching there for some twenty years, Fraser became a bookseller and proprietor of a circulating library. He authored numerous educational, literary, historical, and political works during his long career, but struggled financially (The New-York Directory, and Register, for 1789 [New York, 1789], 84; William Duncan, The New-York Directory, and Register, for the year 1791 [New York, 1791], 45; New York American Citizen, 3 Dec. 1803; Fraser to TJ, 9 July 1805 [DLC], [ca. 10 Mar. 1812], 24 Sept. 1813, 14 Sept. 1814, 4 Oct. 1820; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 426, 1396; Longworth’s New York Directory description begins Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory. New York, 1796–1842 (title varies; cited by year of publication) description ends [1811], 104; Fraser to James Monroe, 2 May 1812 [DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17]; New York Columbian, 2 Nov. 1816; New-York Daily Advertiser, 18 Dec. 1820).

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