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Lewis William Otto wrote to his sister in-law Susan Kean, both locations unknown. He talked mainly about the recent death of his wife and Susan's sister, Elizabeth "Eliza" Otto, and politely declined Susan's offer to mother his daughter. He explained how in her last letter Elizabeth suggested that Susan's niece, Eliza Bayard, would be best suited to raise the child since they both had similar obligations to one another. He ended the letter by quoting some of her beautiful final words. The letter is dated December of 1788 without an exact day of the month noted.
Lewis William Otto
Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)
Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2
Otto, Lewis W.. Lewis William Otto to Susan Kean, December, 1788. Manuscript. From Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University, Liberty Hall Collection 1780s. https://digitalcommons.kean.edu/lhc_1780s/364
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