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Letters to or from Susan, written in her handwriting, on the business of Estate, Southern properties, and personal correspondence. Susan wrote 40+ letters, more than half from Elizabeth Town and others from New York, Cranes Farm near Elizabeth Town, from her brother's house, and Abyssinia. The date range is between June 1796 and October 1806, spanning the time she was a recent widow and used the last name Kean, and her marriage to Julian Niemcewicz and used the middle and last name Ursin Niemcewicz. Not all letter drafts are dated. Names include Brockholst Livingston, Mr. Armstrong, Mrs. Hylton, Mr. LeRoy, James Lawrence, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Corvaisier (pages 22 and 36), Gustavus Risberg, Robert Barnwell, Judge Grimke, Mrs. Grimke, Otto, Mr. Stevens. Topics include Jamaica, Santes Canal Shares, marriage (page 30), and the lot and house on Walnut Street.

Author/Creator

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

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

Creation Date

between June 1796 and October 1806, and undated

Document Type

Manuscript

Location

Elizabeth Town, NJ, New York, NY, Cranes Farm near Elizabeth Town, NJ, Abysinnia in Elizabeth Town, NJ

Collection

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.

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2

Rights

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 lzimmerm@kean.edu.

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Susan's Letter Book, 1796-1806 and Undated

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