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Julian Niemcewicz wrote while at Sea to Susan Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Julian hoped to be in Norfolk within a few days and was anxious to inform Susan of his safe arrival. Julian recounted his return home thus far. While in Paris, he enquired with Mr. Barnet as to which vessels were to sail for New York from any of the superior ports of France. Barnet suggested Captain Stevenson as he was set to sail on the 11th of July. Julian left Paris on the 4th of July and arrived in Nantes on the 11th. Stevenson informed him he would set sail in five or six days but to Julian’s greatest displeasure and vexation, Stevenson put it off week after week until they finally left on the 8th of August and arrived at St. Nazaire’s. Julian was further delayed as their ship had sprung a leak. Julian considered sailing on another vessel called Monticello but saw the delays and expenses arising and was vexed beyond expression. Their passage was delayed on account of an equinoctial gale but Captain Gary and the five French passengers on board were pleasant. If God granted him safe travels, Julian would sail to Norfolk and come home by way of Chesapeake, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Grieved that Susan did not receive his letters he wrote to her and declared that not three weeks went by without him writing to her. Planned to bring a few items home that Julian hoped would please Susan including Peter’s Polish sword and jewelry. Hoped all of their friends were well including Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts, the Bellasis, the Daytons, the Masons, and the Morrells. Postponed telling Susan any news on Europe until they met in person. The good King George was completely mad, he attempted several times to commit a rap upon his own daughter but was prevented from accomplishing the nefarious deed. Julian added a few lines dated October 17 from Capes of Henry and Chasten, Virginia. His long voyage of 51 days was almost over and he rejoiced at seeing his family and friends again.

People mentioned: Peter Kean, Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts, the Bellasis, the Daytons, the Masons, and the Morrells.

Place mentioned: Capes of Henry, Chasten, Virginia, Paris, Chesapeake, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.


Julian Ursin Niemcewicz (1758-1841)

Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz (1758-1841)


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

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at Sea


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, October 6, 1804