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Mary Livingston Brown wrote with her husband, John Brown, likely from Greesbanks, near Kilmarnock, North Britain, to her sisters, Susan and Bess [Elizabeth] Livingston and Mrs. L. Mary shared her faith in God. John thanked Susan for a New Years' gift. Son William stayed with his grandmother, daughter Mary [Margaret] remained with John and Mary. Mary continued the letter. B. intended marriage but Mary was cryptic about whether it will happen. Notable quote: "The strongest efforts are making here by all ranks to muster up a large number of Scotch Boys, to make a grand push, which they think will decide in their favor; it appears to me to be the last Croak of a dying Swan." People included: Mc Coomb's Uncle, L.C., A.B., Susy R., a Lady at Glasgow (a sister of Mr. Rutherfurd), Mr. Randal, Daughter Dowager of Eglintow, Kennedy.


Mary Brown


Susan Livingston, later Susan Kean and Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)

Elizabeth "Eliza" or "Bess" Livingston, later Elizabeth "Eliza" Otto (1761-1787)

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Not stated, but likely Greesbanks, near Kilmarnoch, North Britain


Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Mary Brown to Susan and Elizabeth Livingston, January 3, 1778