Download Full Text (8.0 MB)


Jessey Pervonay wrote from Germantown, Pennsylvania to Susan Kean in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Pervonay informed Susan that she left Mrs. Capron’s three months prior and Capron refused to pay her even though she knew Pervonay was leaving. Mr. Perovany spoke highly of the famous portrait artist John Smart who praised his artistic skills and claimed Italy could not produce a better artist. However, Mr. Perovany could not make any money; they were starving and she was breeding and very sick. Mr. Perovany developed a violent fever but was recovering. He would be leaving for Havana soon for work, which would be a crushing blow to her. She kept her situation a secret and claimed it would be painful for her if certain people were to find out. Spoke highly of Peter and encouraged Susan to make his infant years happy.


Jessey Perovany


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

Creation Date


Creation Date


Document Type



Germantown, Pennslyvania


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

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 Archive, Kean University

Jessey Perovany to Susan Kean, October 1, 1798


Book Location