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Mary Livingston Brown wrote with her husband, John Brown, likely from Greesbanks, near Kilmarnock, North Britain, to her sisters, Susan and Bess [Elizabeth] Livingston and Mrs. L. Mary shared her faith in God. John thanked Susan for a New Years' gift. Son William stayed with his grandmother, daughter Mary [Margaret] remained with John and Mary. Mary continued the letter. B. intended marriage but Mary was cryptic about whether it will happen. Notable quote: "The strongest efforts are making here by all ranks to muster up a large number of Scotch Boys, to make a grand push, which they think will decide in their favor; it appears to me to be the last Croak of a dying Swan." People included: Mc Coomb's Uncle, L.C., A.B., Susy R., a Lady at Glasgow (a sister of Mr. Rutherfurd), Mr. Randal, Daughter Dowager of Eglintow, Kennedy.

Author/Creator

Mary Brown

Recipient

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

Elizabeth "Eliza" or "Bess" Livingston, later Elizabeth "Eliza" Otto (1761-1787)

Creation Date

1-3-1778

Document Type

Manuscript

Location

Not stated, but likely Greesbanks, near Kilmarnoch, North Britain

Collection

Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

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 Archive, Kean University

Mary Brown to Susan and Elizabeth Livingston, January 3, 1778

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