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John Kean wrote to Susan Kean, unaddressed. Kean informed Susan that he arrived in the Valley and found that her aunt and uncle had gone to Mr. Stevens’s for tea. Wished sincerely that Susan had written to her aunt and told her he only ate vegetables and went to bed early. Susan’s aunt and uncle were exceedingly polite and attentive. Observed a similitude between the Valley and his own country in the feathered tribe. The bluebird, the woodpecker, and the butcher bird were all common to both countries. He dined with Susan’s uncle Stevens and observed that his part of the country appeared to be in a better state of improvement than Mr. Rutherford’s. Planned to proceed with his tour if he was healthy enough. This document is undated.


John Kean (1756-1795)


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

Creation Date

circa 1790s

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

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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John Kean to Susan Kean, circa 1790s