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Lewis William Otto wrote to Susan Kean, his sister-in-law, addressed to Mr. Ricketts's Elizabethtown. He wrote about how busy he had been with the arrival of the Count de M. He also wrote about his grief over the loss of his wife, Eliza Otto, and briefly about his daughter, Eliza.

People Included: Mr. M Coub, Dr. Bard, Mrs. Delaford, Mr.Livingston, Sarah Ricketts, and Mr. Hartman.


Lewis William Otto (b 1754)


Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston, and later 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 2


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Lewis William Otto to Susan Kean, January 25, 1788