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Lewis William Otto wrote from New York to Susan Kean,his sister-in-law, address not included. Mr. Houston had told him about in room in the house in Beaufort which Susan and her husband John called "Mr. Otto's room". He regretted that he was unable to visit them, but his stay in America is still uncertain. Robert Barnwell was leaving for South Carolina, the two became better antiquated while in Elizabethtown. Eliza Otto is growing, but according to Mr. Houston, Peter Kean is bigger. Mrs. Bell's sister died, Lewis said she died of a broken heart caused by the "infamous conduct of her husband" who was in Ireland. J. Livingston married Eliza McEvers and there are rumors of Susan Livingston marrying Col. Clarkson, but these were most likely untrue. George Washington was sick, but was now recovering.


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


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, June 23, 1789


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