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Isabelle Bell wrote to Susan Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Isabelle received Susan’s letter on Sunday when she returned from church but did not see Betty. If Margaret would consent to stay behind her any place, she would certainly return to Susan and her friend Catherine Schuyler. But Margaret would follow Isabelle. They expected to sail the day prior but like fools, they trifled away the time of favorable gales. A storm passed through with contrary winds. Isabelle was at that moment delayed contrary to her judgment, interest, and happiness and could scarcely tell Susan why she delayed twenty-four hours after she left Elizabethtown. Informed Susan to expect a letter from her as soon as she arrived in Albany as Isabelle could then provide Susan with the necessary information she enquired about. They planned to take the steamboat the following day and Isabelle left her great coat at Susan’s house like the headless creature she was and did not miss it until the northwester sent her to her bundles where she thought it was. Asked Susan if she could send the great coat to her and address it to the care of Miss Mary Linn at Mr. Thuse’s No. 11 Wall Street.

People mentioned: Betty, Margaret, and Catherine Schuyler.

Places mentioned: Albany, New York, and Wall Street, New York.


Isabelle Bell


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

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

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Isabelle Bell to Susan Niemcewicz, October 19, 1804