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Christine Biddle wrote from an unknown location to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.She apologizes for not writing sooner and discusses problems she has been having with servants (possibly enslaved). She also says that she plans to head up to West Point and would like to visit Peter in Princeton and stay Susan and Julian in Elizabethtown either on her way there or back.

People Included: Julian Ursin Niemcewicz, Peter Philip James Kean, Thomas Biddle, Nelly

Places Included: Princeton, West Point


Christine Biddle (1780-1861)


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

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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

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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Christine Biddle to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, July,3, 1806