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Lewis William Otto wrote from New York to Susan Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He wrote about that his daughter, Eliza Otto, had been indisposed by teething, but was doing better. The family in Elizabethtown wanted to hear from Susan, and the De LaForest's missed Susan as did Lewis. All their friends expected John Kean, Susan's husband to have an appointment under the new government. He could not write much as Mr. Huger's ship was leaving soon but added the Gouverneur Morris was traveling to France on private business.


Lewis William Otto


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

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New York, NY


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


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 Archives, Kean University

Lewis William Otto to Susan Kean, November 19, 1788


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