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Julian Niemcewicz wrote from Warsaw, Poland to Susan Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Julian informed Susan that he had written her a few days prior and included a note of articles he planned to send her in a trunk. He provided further details of the contents of the trunk as this letter was sent with it. The trunk contained a cypress writing desk along with one lace handkerchief, two Turkish handkerchiefs, one smaller handkerchief, six stings of coral, five strings of amber, one dozen tea spoons for custards, a little fan, two packs of Polish cards, a small neat marble book, a silhouette of Julian’s mother, a Turkish pipe with a reed, and a string of blue Chinese beads. In addition to the desk and articles mentioned, Julian also sent a breakfast set of Paris china, a large and a small teacup of Dresden china with Virgil’s picture in a case, four pairs of French china tea dishes, a butter dish, one large Dresden china broth cup, a vial of essence of truffles, a piece of crystalized Polish salt, a wooden box containing an alabaster night clock, a small table clock, a marble lamp with gold brass chains, two bottles of Tokaji wine that were 84 years old, one pipe reed, different flower seeds, three rollers of straw napkins to put under dishes, two rollers of fine drawings, a Polish winter cap, a gild wash basin with a cup, a parcel with elastic Liberia Corals, and a German book that he meant to give to Mr. Gahn. Julian provided details on his plans to return to America. In the postscript, Julian noted that he purchased for Peter the Elements of the History by Abbé Milot and three other volumes by Mably (Gabriel Bonnot de Mably). Julian’s brothers and sisters extended their regards to Susan. The Liberia Corals would begin to tarnish and needed to be softly rubbed with sweat oil.


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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Warsaw, Poland


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

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Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 2


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Julian Niemcewicz to Susan Niemcewicz, April 8, 1803


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