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George Van Brugh Brown wrote from Haddington, East Lothian to Susan Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. The receipt of Susan’s letter of the 9th of November left Brown feeling rejoiced. Sorry to hear of the state of his poor uncle, Philip. When the Ayrshire Militia was reduced, Brown gave up all thoughts of serving again. But when war was declared, Brown could not bring himself to the idea of remaining at home unemployed. He had been quartered in Haddington since the first week of July 1803. Brown’s baby girl, Elizabeth fell ill with scarlet fever and she gradually recovered. They sent their son away to Brown’s wife’s uncle’s house, Mr. Hamilton of Grange [a Hamlet in Scotland] until they left Greenan to join Brown in Ayrshire in October. At the time, Brown was confined because he fell from a horse and fractured his head. The Kennedys, as he understood, were in Bath and he therefore had little chance to see them. Discussed mutual friends and acquaintances.


George Van Brugh Brown


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

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Haddington, East Lothian


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

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Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 2


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George Van Brugh Brown to Susan Niemcewicz, February 24, 1804


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