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George Van Brugh Brown wrote from Haddington, Scotland to Susan Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. George received a letter from his aunt, Susan that was undated. Presumed based on the contents of the letter that it was not composed too long ago. George was in Susan’s debt as he knew she was not overly fond of taking up the pen. Hoped that Julian Niemcewicz returned from Europe and that all of his affairs were in order. George’s wife and their children were well however, they were concerned about Elizabeth’s health. In the middle of the summer, she was seized with “something like a worn complaint.” The surgeon treated her accordingly but every day she grew worse and worse. Donkey’s milk was recommended, which they procured with some difficulty and frequent experiences on horseback. Elizabeth finally began showing symptoms of recovery. John had a little pony that he rode every day. He made the creature gallop and only once suffered a tumble. George’s daughter, Elizabeth suffered a great deal of head complaints. She never ate anything more than a bit of chicken and never tasted anything stronger than water. They received the best medical advice from Scotland and hoped with time she would recover. Nothing was new in the political world; invasion was discussed over the summer but had since been laid to rest. That topic would likely never rise again if Bonaparte consulted his own advantage and that of his people, which last George heard he seldom did. While in Edinburgh over the summer, George met with General Reid, who informed him that he had always corresponded regularly with Uncle Rutherford. Poor Mrs. Houston suffered from gout and rheumatism. Extended his well wishes to mutual friends and family.

People mentioned: Napoleon Bonaparte, Julian Niemcewicz, and Peter Kean.

Places mentioned: France.


George Van Brugh Brown (b. 1775)


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

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Haddington, Scotland


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

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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George Van Brugh Brown to Susan Niemcewicz, November 16, 1804


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