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Peter Kean wrote from Princeton, New Jersey to Julian Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Julian’s letter of the 30th of January did not reach Peter until the day prior. Sorry to hear that his mother, Susan had been indisposed and asked Julian to inform her that he will write a letter to her by Mrs. Hylton and enclose a letter from Judge Grimke respecting the Catawba Shares. Briefly discussed the situation in Carolina but Peter claimed he was ignorant of the loss they were met with there. The little knowledge he had of mankind induced him to believe that the once-flourishing republic in which they lived would be destroyed by the reigning party and that the property they possessed was not stable. The only prospects Peter had before him were that of gaining a livelihood after things settled or of dying in defense of the rights his father, John Kean fought for. Feared that America would be a “monatrix” to future nations to teach them that a republic could not exist without virtue and that national depravity is always attended by national degrading.

People mentioned John Faucheraud Grimké and Susan Niemcewicz.


Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)


Julian Ursin Niemcewicz (1758-1828)

Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz (1758-1841)

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Princeton, New Jersey


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

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Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 2


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Peter Kean to Julian Niemcewicz, February 4, 1805


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