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Jessey Perovany wrote from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Susan Kean in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Jessey worried Susan considered her an ungrateful human being however, she was not to be blamed but pitied. For a long time, she was unable to collect her ideas and could not bring herself to write. As soon as Mr. Perovany recovered from his second illness, he prepared for his departure to Havana. He left the Tuesday prior. Jessey’s mind had been tortured with worry that this may have been the last time she saw her husband. Jessey added additional text dated January 10 and claimed it had been a long time since she wrote the above and had not written anyone in months, including her mother. At the moment, she was indisposed but imputed that to being pregnant. She had no desire to have any more children, especially if she had the misfortune to lose her companion. Mr. Perovany had the greatest probability of making money in Havana and Jessey planned to join him in May accompanied by a noble friend in whose care Mr. Perovany left her. Her friend did everything in his power to detain Mr. Perovany until they could all travel together but Mr. Perovany was too prudent to listen. She closed her letter quickly on account of being sick.


Jessey Perovany


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

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Jessey Perovany to Susan Kean, February 2, 1799


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