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William Ross wrote from Jamaica, Lucea, Hanover to Julian Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Ross received Julian’s polite letter by William Hylton which contained interesting information with respect to the state of liberation in Europe. Ross wished Julian would give him an account in person of all of his peregrinations throughout different parts of the Continent of Europe. Should things eventuate agreeably to his wishes, Ross suggested that he may return to America after a few years lapsed. Discussed how there were so few birds of beautiful plumage or otherwise interesting that an ornithologist would grow weary in hunting for them, especially in the parts of the island. Intended to send Julian some seeds and plants but was unable to since he became established in his parish. It was difficult to send living plants as he already experimented with sending several plants to Dr. Hosack for the Botanical Gardens in New York. The plants died on the passage, which Ross attributed entirely to want of proper attention. Ross was engaged in the examination of a “most curious” manuscript written by Mr. Raby Williams titled “The Revelations of the Word of God…” Ross presented his warmest regards to Mrs. N, Mr. Kean, Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts, Mr. Philip James, Henry Gahn, and all of his Elizabeth Town friends.

People mentioned: William Hylton, Dr. David Hosack, Mr. Raby Williams, Susan Niemcewicz, Peter Kean, Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts, Mr. Philip James, and Henry Gahn.


William Ross


Julian Ursin Niemcewicz (1758-1841)

Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz (1758-1841)

Creation Date

circa February 1805

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Jamaica, Lucea, Hanover


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

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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William Ross to Julian Niemcewicz, circa February 1805


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