Date Published: 1803
Binding: No binding
2 ALS sent from Terre-bonne, Quebec, to James Reid (1769-1848), a lawyer in Montreal, who married William McGillivray's sister, Elizabeth, in 1808, handled contractual matters and litigation for the North West Company, and became Quebec’s Chief Justice in 1832. 5 September and 15 September 1803.
In the first letter (bifolium, folds, 3 pp. of written text, remnant of red seal on the recto of the second leaf, address on the verso of the second leaf, hole at the center of the second leaf where the two leaves conjoin), Fraser refers to a debt (“a trifle”) owed to Reid which he has not yet paid. He hoped to have the money from Captain Cyler, but “the country people do not in general pay ready.” Fraser had written to his brother, Alexander, in Montreal since Alexander owned him a trifle. But instead of Alexander paying Reid the small sum, “he requested you to apply to Mr. Hollowel”. Fraser refers patients in need of his services. He was hoping to go to Montreal or to write to the Governor under cover of Colonel Deschambeaux to request his nominating the surveyor for the Township of Chatham. In a postscript, he asks Reid to send him “the paper that contains Dr. Longmore’s account of the cow-pox”.
In the second letter (1 leaf, folds, 1 p. of written text, remnant of red seal and address on the verso), Fraser says that he had written Reid “a long epistle concerning the business of my lands at Chatham”. Colonel Robertson informed Fraser that a Mr. Walton had received “an order for the survey of that Township”. Fraser does not know Walton’s address and asks Reid to provide it and forward a message to Walton for him. He sends his best respects to Reid, his wife, and Master Alexander. “I am so busy that I do not know when I may have the pleasure to see you in Montreal.”
Dr. Simon Fraser (1769-1844) was the son of Malcolm Fraser (1733-1815), a lieutenant who was wounded at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and Marie Allaire. In 1762, General Murray granted Malcolm Fraser the seigneury of Mount Murray, and later Malcolm Fraser bought that of Kamouraska. Dr. Fraser was an officer in a Scottish regiment and lived and worked in Terrebonne as a physician. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1795, and the following year he enlisted in the 42nd Regiment, or Royal Highlanders, at St Lucia, in the West Indies. In June, he was wounded during the assault on the Vigie in Saint-Vincent. He followed his regiment to England, and soon after he was stationed in Gibraltar. He was also on duty in Menorca and Egypt. After his military service, he returned to Quebec, married Marie Sémur, and had a son (John Fraser, a notary).
Simon Fraser died on February 2, 1844, in Terrebonne.
Hon. Chief Justice James Reid was the nephew of John Reid, Prothonotary of Montreal, who had removed from Quebec in 1780 and was one of the Trustees of the McGill estate. His wife, Betsy McGillivray, sister of Hon. William McGillivray 1764-1825, charged along with Simon Fraser for the deadly attack on attacking the Colony of Lord Selkirk in 1815, built the Reid wing of the General Hospital, and the Manor House and Grounds are now Sohmer Park. He filled the judicial office of one of the Judges of the Court of King's Bench, Lower Canada, for a period of thirty-three years, fifteen of which he presided as Chief Justice.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.