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Eliza wrote to her sister, Susan, addressed to 3 Hanover Square, New York about her visit with her Aunt, who is ill. Eliza is also ill, with headaches and a poor complexion. She notes how long it takes to get a doctor to the house, and that a person could be dead and buried before the doctor arrives. Names included: Uncle Robert, cousin Harry, young Robert, Dr. Stringer, [John] Kean, Mrs. Bourdieu, Dr. Johnston, Nancy (with some alluded drama), Mrs. Bull, Nancy Kemble and Polly Ludlow of Wall St., Patty Ludlow, Mrs. Dan, Walton and Banche, F- (who she is fond of), Peggy Marshall, Mary Baynard, Mayo, Jay, Charlotte, Mrs. Jay. There are 3 weddings expected.


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


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

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The Liberty Hall Collection consists of the correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and other manuscript material of the Livingston and Kean families, dated from 1739-1847. The bulk of the collection is related to Susan Livingston Kean Niemcewicz (1759-1833). The Livingston and Kean families frequently corresponded and held accounts with other wealthy, prominent, colonial and early American families in New Jersey, especially Elizabethtown, Philadelphia, New York City, upstate New York, England, France, and Poland. A small portion of the collection includes correspondence with early Virginia families, unrelated to the Livingston and Kean families. The collection includes second hand accounts of enslaved people who were owned by the Kean and other families, offering a glimpse into their forced work and places of residence.

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 1


This collection is open to the public for research use. Copyright remains with Kean University. Credit this material. Personal photographs may be made for research purposes. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Lynette Zimmerman, Executive Director at the Liberty Hall Academic Center & Exhibition Hall at

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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Eliza Livingston to Susan Livingston


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