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John Brown wrote from Greesbanks, near Kilmarnoch, North Britain, to Susan Livingston, his sister-in-law, addressed to Basking Ridge, NJ. He wrote that he hoped that soon the "unhappy disturbances", meaning the Revolutionary War, would soon be settled so he could more easily correspond with his family in America. He visited his daughter Mary Frances at school in Edinburgh, while he was there she came down with the measles. He said that she and his son, George Van Brugh Livingston, often talk about their family in New Jersey. He mentioned some silk and lace that his late wife, Mary Livingston, sent Susan and their sister, Eliza Livingston, via Peter Reid and Mr. R. Watts. He also inquired why his father-in-law, Peter Van Brugh Livingston never wrote to him.


Susan Livingston, later Susan Kean and Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)

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Greesbanks near Kilmarnock, Scotland


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

John Brown to Susan Livingston, February 24, 1782


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