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Susan Ursin Niemcewicz wrote from Elizabethtown, New Jersey to Julian Ursin Niemcewicz, her husband. She updates him on their family affair, Peter Kean's education, and local gossip. She also talks at length about the enslaved people they hold, their different temperaments and how they are doing. She hopes Julian returns soon as she does not like doing work and improvements on buildings without his consult.

People included: Herman LeRoy, Philip Peter Livingston, Peter Philip James Kean, Jerome Bonaparte, Colonel Williams, Mr. Masson, Mrs. B, Mariah Richetts, Mr. Ghan, Mr. Hamilton, Charlotte Princess Royal

Enslaved People: Tomas, Philip, Philip's Mother

Places Included: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Warsaw, Hungary, Hamburg


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


Julian Ursin Niemcewicz (1758-1841)

Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz (1758-1841)

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Elizabethtown, County of Essex, NJ


The Liberty Hall Collection consists of the correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and other manuscript material of the Livingston and Kean families, dated from 1739-1847. 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 Elizabeth-Town, 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 who were owned by the Kean and other families, offering a glimpse into their forced work and places of residence.

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Bay 1, Column 2, 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 Ursin Niemcewicz to Julian Ursin Niemcewicz, December 26, 1803


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