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Julian U. Niemcewicz wrote from London, England to Susan U. Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Julian recounted his voyage from New York to London and informed his wife, Susan that it took 32 days to travel from land to land. He wished Susan was with him as London was exactly her taste. In London the roads were as even as floorboards, hedges lined both sides of the roads, dotted with various shrubs, wildflowers, beautiful villas, flocks of sheep, and cattle. The quantity of post chaises, stages, and private carriages rendered the scene extremely lively. All of the citizens felt free and independent but also kept their distance. Julian went to visit Mr. Otto the day after he arrived in London and received a cordial and affectionate welcome from him. Mr. Otto appeared younger compared to the silhouette Susan had of him. Dined with Otto and several strangers of distinction. Dinner was elegant. The table was set with fine new plates, dessert spoons and knives, fine china, and excellent wines. Julian planned to dine with Otto and Mr. Jackson at his country seat. Mentioned other mutual correspondents including Mr. Houston. Planned to take his passage to Hamburg within a few days. Julian found one of his Countrymen in London who had been with him in the army but afterward entered the French service. He complained of the way the brave Polish Legion was treated by French Generals. Hoped Peter was looking after Susan. Asked what Susan did with Eoff[?] and if she heard from Carolina. Wished he knew how Betty behaved as she was a source of Julian’s uneasiness. Hoped Tom was being a good and industrious boy and that Philip assisted him in his work. Asked about the crops in their garden. Feared of the youth of Elizabethtown and hoped Susan disposed of the property without a great loss. Received a lot of questions about America but assured Susan that he concealed everything wrong. Sent Susan a fashionable pin for her handkerchiefs.
People mentioned: Mr. Otto, Mr. Houston, Mr. Jackson, Eoff, Carolina, Betty, Tom, Philip, and Peter Kean.
Julian Ursin Niemcewicz (1758-1841)
Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz (1758-1841)
Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, formerly Susan Livingston and Susan Kean (1759-1833)
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Niemcewicz, Julian U.. Julian U. Niemcewicz to Susan U. Niemcewicz, August 10, 1802. Manuscript. From Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University, Liberty Hall Collection 1800s. https://digitalcommons.kean.edu/lhc_1800s/201
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