Download Full Text (11.0 MB)


Susan Kean wrote from New York to her cousin, John Rutherford, addressed to the Senate of the United States, Philadelphia, PA. Susan’s nephew George Van Brugh Brown arrived in Philadelphia. George grew up in Scottland, where he attended school, then served in the Army, in Jamaica. He was a Captain in the 52nd Regiment. Susan asked John to show him kindness and “give him some directions in what manner he ought to conduct himself.” She was sorry Mr. Bond didn’t stay to meet the president [George Washington]. A postscript vaguely described a man cast away “cast away incoming from Jamaica and had been some time in North Carolina… very much out of health.”

Names included: Mrs. L, Mr. Read, Capt. B.


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


John Rutherford

Creation Date


Document Type



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 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


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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Susan Kean to John Rutherford, March 8, 1796


Book Location