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Julia Lawrence wrote from Jamaica to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, her aunt, addressed to Elizabethtown, NJ. She talks about Jamaica and the enslaved people there are allowed three days off to celebrate around Christmas, that is all the time the have off during the year. She remarks that they should do everything in their power to contribute to their happiness. She also talks about family and how she and her husband were both recently sick.

People Included: John Kean (JK1814), Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, Peter Philip James Kean, Sarah Sabina Morris Kean, Philip Livingston, John Tharp Lawrence, John Thrap


Julia A.K. Lawrence, formerly Julia A.K. Ricketts


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

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The Liberty Hall Collection consists of the correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and other manuscript material of the Livingston and Kean families, dated from 1686-1847. The bulk of the collection is related to Susan Livingston Kean Niemcewicz (1759-1833). The Livingston and Kean families frequently corresponded and held accounts with other prominent colonial and early American families in New Jersey, especially Elizabeth-Town, Philadelphia, New York City, upstate New York, England, France, and Poland. A small portion of the collection includes correspondence with early Virginia families, unrelated to the Livingston and Kean families.

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Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 2


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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Julia Lawrence to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, December 24, 1819


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