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Susan Niemcewicz wrote to Julian Niemcewicz, unaddressed. Susan was in a state of despair over not receiving a line from her husband, Julian since October. Her spirits significantly lifted, however, upon receiving two of his letters. Julian’s gift of describing his surroundings so vividly allowed Susan to picture everything he experienced in great detail with her imagination. Susan shared news on their mutual friends including Belle and Polly Ramsay’s upcoming nuptials. Susan was gifted a number of valuable items including a Justicia plant and a Hydrangea Hortensias. Hoped Julian made time to meet with Mr. Otto and Mr. and Mrs. De La Forest while he was in Paris. If Susan were in France, she would purchase many pretty things that America could scarcely afford such as grey rabbit fur knit shawls, gloves, knit petticoats, and under waistcoats. Requested Julian purchase books for Peter that would advance his education and a pair of gilt earrings. Susan wished to look smart when her dear husband returned home. Until that time came, she would continue to wear mourning for their father and her widowhood. Trusted that when Julian returned it would inspire them to dress stylishly. Susan feared that some of her letters would miscarry and therefore repeated the same things several times in her letters. She requested Julian purchase silver dinner forks, silver desert knives, English glass, four quart and six pint decanters, four water crofts, four dozen wine glasses, two dozen tumblers, one dozen liquor glasses, and four very small cut dishes for sweat meats as almost everything was destroyed when Susan threw a bride’s dinner for Mrs. Ross.

People mentioned: Belle Ramsay, Polly Ramsay, Mr. and Mrs. Bellasizes, Mrs. Ricketts, Mr. Otto, Mr. and Mrs. De La Forest, Horace Dayton, and Mrs. Ross.

This document also refers to enslaved people and servants including Philip.

This manuscript is torn.


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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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, June 1, 1803