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Beaumanoir De Laforest wrote from New York to Susan Kean, her friend, address not included. She was concerned for John Kean's health and hoped that all was well in Beaufort. She gave updates about all their friends and associates in New York. She wrote how she still felt like a stranger in America and could not adjust to some of the customs. She was planning a trip to the country to see one of her relations there, going to Bethlehem, the Falls, Newark, and then Elizabethtown to see Lady Christine. There were rumors that General Clarkson was to marry Susan Livingston, Sarah Jay's sister.

People Included: Mrs. Eveleigh, Mr. Butler, Mr. Macomb, Mr. Constable, Mrs. Dalton, Mr. Eruger, Mrs. Lynch, Jane Griffin, Lady Kitty, Mrs. Izard, Mrs. Rucker, Mrs. Langdon, Mrs. R. Morris, Mrs. Smith, Chancellor Livingston, Mrs. Butler, Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Frank Van Berckel, George Washington, Sarah Jay, , Rolt Izard, Mary Seton, John Wilkes, John Livingston, Eliza McEvers, Eliza Livingston Otto, Mrs. Livingston (Margaret Livingston?), Mrs. Montgomery,Lady Mary, Lewis William Otto, Eliza Otto, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Church, Mr. Huger, Caroline De LaForest, Mrs. Le Couteuby Mr. Van Berckel and Cornelia Van Horne.

Places Included: Philadelphia.


Beaumanoir De Laforest


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 Archive, Kean University

Beaumanoir De Laforest to Susan Kean, June 29, 1789


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