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Lewis William Otto wrote from New York to Susan Kean, his sister-in-law, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He wrote that he had written both Susan and her husband, John, several letters and did not know why they were not delivered. Hw would send future letters with Mr. Huger. George Washington was due to arrive in the city soon and everyone was excited Otto's daughter Eliza was going to come into the city for the festivities. Many people in society were trying to find him a new wife but Otto felt it would not be fair to another woman or to the memory of his late wife Elliza Livingston. He mentioned that Sarah Ricketts and Peter Van Brugh Livingston were both doing well and it was expected Philip Livingston would be a senator from New York.


Lewis William Otto (b. 1754)


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


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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Lewis William Otto to Susan Kean, April 21, 1789


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