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Isabelle Bell wrote from North Town, a remote area, to Susan Kean, addressed to Philadelphia via Doctor Young. She inquired after Susan and her family; John Kean is unwell. Her daughter Margaret recovered from an illness (pleurisy), and Mr. Barnwell was elected to Congress again. Isabelle acknowledged that Susan doesn't like to shop, but she needs help purchasing a backboard and Dunstable hat.

Names included: General Wilson, Maclay, Richardson, Maria Jay, Mrs. Symmes, Mrs. Ricketts, E. Dayton.

Places included: Bethlehem, Pittsburg.


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

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North Town, no state but author described it as remote area


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 to 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


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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Isabelle Bell to Susan Kean, March 1, 1795