John Fraser

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Sacred to the memory of John Fraser Esq. Of Forres N.B. Died 5th April 1845 Aged 29 years Erected as a mark of esteem By a few of his friends Who deeply regret his loss
Deputy Secretary, Assam Co.
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Forres, Scotland
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Forres, Scotland
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Calcutta, India
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Pedestal tomb.
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The Assam Company, where he was employed, was arguably the first commercial tea company in the world. Tea had been introduced in Assam by Charles Alexander Bruce in 1825, who also managed to get official approval for its commercial cultivation, and the first consignment of Assam tea that left India for the London market contained twelve packages of tea from the Assam Company. Its founders were distinguished British merchants, as well as Indians such as Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, Babu Motilal Sil and others. The likes of Richard Twining, James Warren and William Duncan had served on its board. The Assam Company was formed at a meeting of merchants in London on 12th February 1839, and acquired two-thirds of the government's Experimental Tea Gardens, together with permission to settle on other lands. In 1845, the same year that John Fraser died, the Company was granted a Deed of British Parliament and was awarded the Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in recognition of its pioneering excellence. It is currently at 52, Chowringhee Road, Kolkata.

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A few friends.
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James Charles, Senior Minister, St. Andrews Church
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Sarbajit Mitra