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Isabelle Bell wrote to Susan U. Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Heard that Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts had gone from Montreal to Quebec and planned to proceed home by way of Boston. Congratulated Susan on the hopes of seeing her husband, Julian Niemcewicz, soon. Isabelle wished she could afford herself time to join Susan and her happy family for a week and engage in “social chat.” Felt obliged by Susan’s kind and friendly attentions to her Margaret. Catherine and Angelica Van Rensselaer came for a visit. Mr. Imbert, the French gentleman who taught drawing in Albany the winter prior, left them and there was an opening for a man of talents to make a fair trial of the disposition of the inhabitants to encourage the science of painting. L’ Aubineau[?], their last teacher was not fortunate and left a rather ill impression. They were shocked by the death of Miss Henrietta Williamson.

People mentioned: Mr. Imbert, Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts, Mrs. Bellassis, Mrs. and Miss Church, Miss Henrietta Williamson, John B. Linn, Susan Ridley, and Robert LeRoy.


Isabelle Bell


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

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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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Isabelle Bell to Susan Niemcewicz, September 23, 1804