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Lewis William Otto wrote from New York to Susan Kean, his sister-in-law, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He is still unsure of when he will return to Europe. Sarah Ricketts was not happy with his decision to take his daughter, Eliza Otto, with him. Despite rumors, he wrote he is not looking for another wife and is mortified people think he could so easily forget his first wife. He wrote that Abyssinia, the Rickett's house in Elizabethtown, seemed to be the country seat of Congress as they have so many guests. Sarah Ricketts was expected in give birth in a few months.He thought John Kean was happy to be out of the bustle of political life and that it had an ill effect on his health.

People Included: Mr. Griffin, Major Butler, Mr Houston, The Bayard Family, Mrs. De laForest


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, June 12, 1789


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