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Isabelle Bell wrote from Elizabethtown, New Jersey to Susan Kean in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bell recounted her taxing travels home to New Jersey after visiting Kean in Philadelphia. The roads were so badly flooded that a person on the strongest horse would have struggled to travel ten miles a day. If she were a Lady Montague [Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, essayist, and traveler], she would regularly recount her surroundings for Kean’s verification. Discussed news of family and friends and extended warm wishes to John and Peter Kean.
Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)
Elizabethtown, New Jersey
Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2
Bell, Isabelle. Isabelle Bell to Susan Kean, March 1791. Manuscript. From Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University, Liberty Hall Collection 1790s. https://digitalcommons.kean.edu/lhc_1790s/576
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