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George Van Brugh Brown wrote from Holmes, Kilmarnock, North Britain to Susan Kean, his aunt, addressed to Elizabethtown, NJ. His wife, Elizabeth, had recently had a baby girl also named Elizabeth. He wrote that both mother and child were well, but the baby had begun to have toothaches and was waking up in the night. He wrote that his American friends were the worst correspondents he had often going months without letters from them. He asked for Peter Kean, Susan's son to write him soon. He would be entering the Scotch Militia, but he did not expect them to leave the country this summer. He asked about Philip Livingston and if Betsey or Nancy Bayard were married yet.


George Van Brugh Brown


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

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Holmes, Kilmarnock, North Britain


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 Archive, Kean University

George Van Brugh Brown to Susan Kean, May 30, 1798


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