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Susan Niemcewicz wrote from Elizabethtown, New Jersey to Julian Niemcewicz in Warsaw, Poland. Susan was at a loss as to where to address her husband, Julian’s letters as it was in all likelihood that he would leave Warsaw before receiving any. Mr. Barnwell wrote that the crops in South Carolina had been so bad that last year it was not possible to obtain anything and send it to New Jersey. Judge Grimke wrote Peter a very kind letter and encouraged both of them to continue as stockholders for the Santee and Catawba Companies. Susan was considering purchasing a second-hand chariot in New York but desired to wait to purchase horses until after Julian returned home. Without a master’s eye, horses were never kept well. Asked Julian to bring home six different sizes of patent locks, two or three good spring hinges, and some of the best door locks. If they were to build a new house, the locks would contribute to their comfort. Susan also requested a few boxes of good glass, gilt earrings, and a set of plate castors with silver rims. She asked Mrs. Kennedy to get her two Wedgewood baskets, four desert tureens, and four round dishes with scalloped edges. Sally McComb was to marry Mr. O. De Peyster. Suggested that Julian enquire for the Honorable Robert Kennedy at the Earl of Castles House in London. In her postscript, Susan mentioned that she went to see the experiments of Dr. De Buke that he made with a boat. He called it the “insubmersible inversible” and it was constructed with four levers that had weights suspended to them. The levers were placed at stem and stern and the boat itself was furnished with a vast deal of cork that was fixed on the sides to keep it buoyant.

People mentioned: Robert Barnwell, John Faucheraud Grimké, Herman LeRoy, William Dayton, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Le Guar, Mrs. Mayo, Mrs. Bellasize, Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts, Mr. and Mrs. Dayton, Mrs. Livingston, Lady Sterling, Lady Mary, Lady Kitty, and Dr. De Buke.

This document refers to enslaved people and servants including Tom and Betty.


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, New Jersey


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

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Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 2


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Susan Niemcewicz to Julian Niemcewicz, May 10, 1803


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