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Julian Niemcewicz wrote from Paris, France to Susan Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Julian was at last in Paris and approaching the Sea Coast to sail as soon as possible for America. It was painful to leave his brothers, sisters, and friends. To alleviate their grief Julian told them he would try and persuade Susan to visit. He was astonished and mortified that Susan had yet to receive the handkerchief he sent. Mr. Livingston left for England. The “old lady,” Mr. and Mrs. Robert Livingston, and Peter were in Paris and received Julian with attention and kindness. Dined with the Livingstons and Mr. du Pont de Nemours. Saw Mrs. Vaulblane and her daughter, who looked sickly and very thin. A few days prior a new European was proclaimed with great awe and solemnity. The people remained quiet; they were so tired of revolutions that they preferred the quiet to any uncertain state. Susan shall see in the papers the new constitution and the titles conferred upon Bonaparte’s family. Asked Susan to tell Tom that he brought him a hat and if he behaved well, he could have it. He would also reward Betty and Philip.

People mentioned: Mr. Malure, Mr. Barnet, Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts, Maria Ricketts, Peter Kean, Mr. and Mrs. Ballasize, the Livingston family, Mr. du Pont de Nemours, and Mrs. Vaulblane.

This document also refers to enslaved people and/or servants including Tom, Betty, and Philip.


Julian Ursin Niemcewicz (1758-1841)

Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz (1758-1841)


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

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Paris, France


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

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Julian Niemcewicz to Susan Niemcewicz, May 21, 1804


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