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George Van Brugh Brown wrote to Susan Kean, his aunt, address not included. He wrote that he was happy to have heard from Betsy Bayard that that Susan had recovered from her illness and that Peter was doing well. He hoped that she had received his letter that was enclosed with Mrs. R. Box about his recent change of life. This possibly refers to a marriage as he then wrote that "Mrs. B begs you will accept her kindest love". He asked that when she saw his Indies family (presumably the Ricketts) that she give them his love and mentioned that he wrote to Philip Livingston recently.


George Van Brugh Brown (b. 1775)


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

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Ashgrove (Prsumably either Ashgrove, Moray, Scotland or Ashgrove, Bath and North East Somerset, England)


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

George Van Brugh Brown to Susan Kean, February 28, 1797


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