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Autograph letter, signed ["Simão Fraser"], to D. Rodrigo de Sousa Coutinho, Conde de Linhares, in Rio de Janeiro. In Portuguese, on paper. One leaf folded, with the letter on the first two pages, then folded again horizontally.
Dated London, , 28 August 1808. - Folio (31.8 x 20.4 cm.), unbound, folded into quarto-size portfolio with manuscript annotations. Written in ink, in an even, legible hand. Horizontal fold. Very good to fine condition. (1 l., 1 blank l.). *** Simon Fraser served in Portugal from 1765-1775 and again during from 1796 to 1801. His service in Portugal doubtless explains his excellent command of the language. In the present letter Fraser offers to serve D. João, the Prince Regent (later D. João VI) in any possible way. The Conde de Linhares was Secretary of Foreign Affairs and War at this time, when the Portuguese court had just moved to Rio de Janeiro. Fraser explains that he is writing to him because General Forbes, of whom he had been accustomed to ask such favors, had died.Fraser (1738-1813) had served with the Highlanders in the Seven Years' War, seeing action at Louisbourg and Quebec in 1758-1759 and witnessing the surrender of the French at Montreal in 1760. From 1765 to 1775 he joined his protector, Simon Fraser (1726-1782, master of Lovat), in the Portuguese service. During the American War of Independence he was senior captain in the 71st Highlanders, losing an eye at Danbury and fighting at Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, and Charleston. After the war he went on half pay until the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars, when he was promoted to major-general and in 1796, sent to serve in Portugal under Sir Charles Stuart, commanding an auxiliary force of French exiles until 1801. From 1803 on his posts were in England and Scotland.*** See "Fraser, Simon," in the Dictionary of National Biography (H. M. Chichester, rev. Alastair W. Massie).
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