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Isabelle Bell wrote from Albany, New York to Susan Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Isabelle questioned when she would be gratified with a line from Susan’s fair hand as she had written to her three or four months prior. When their Albany friends returned from New York City, Isabelle always asked if they had seen Susan and the answer was always “no.” Heard that Mrs. Ricketts’s little daughter was a fine child and Maria was one of the first-rate belles of the city. Saw Mr. Frederic Beasley and asked fifty things about Susan. Isabelle listened to him preach the previous Sunday and was entertained with his discourse. She and a group of young ladies planned to visit Ball Town Springs. Shared news on their mutual friends and acquaintances. Isabelle added a postscript dated June 26, 1803, where she added her love to Peter Kean, Mrs. Ricketts and Maria, and Mrs. William Dayton.

Mrs. Ricketts, Maria Ricketts, Mr. Wilcox, Mr. Frederic Beasley, Miss Malcolm, Mrs. Benyer, Peter Kean, and Mrs. William Dayton.


Isabelle Bell


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

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Albany, New York


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

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Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 2


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Isabelle Bell to Susan Niemcewicz, June 26, 1803


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