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John Brown wrote to Susan Livingston, his sister in law, addressed to Basking Ridge, NJ. James wrote telling Susan to send his best to the family including her father, Peter Van Brugh Livingston. He asked her to inquire after Peter Reid who was expecting a letter from, but had not heard from in some time. He also gave updates on some mutual friends.

People Included: George Van Brugh, Aunt Ricketts, Aunt Susan, Aunt Betsey, Cousin Bayard, Mr. Saterson, Lady Stirling, and Miss Brown.

Places Included: Philadelphia, PA, Carlise, London, and Ireland.


John Brown


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

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Greesbanks near Kilmarock


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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John Brown to Susan Livingston, April 26, 1781