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Susan Ursin Niemcewicz wrote from Ursino to John Kean, her grandson, addressed to Highland School, near Cold Spring, Putnam County, NY. She wrote to John about his education and mentioned that his father, Peter Philip James Kean, was an excellent scholar. She also pointed out that he had an advantage over many others due to his family circumstances, but that he could not rely on family reputation and pride to get through life.

People Included: William Palmer, James Palmer, Julia Ursin Niemcewicz

Places Included: New York

Notable Quote: "Do not think my love that I would wish to instill a vain foolish pride into your mind nothing is more ridiculous than family pride"


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


John Kean (1814-1895)

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Ursino, Elizabethtown, County of Essex, NJ


The Liberty Hall Collection consists of the correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and other manuscript material of the Livingston and Kean families, dated from 1739-1847. 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 wealthy, prominent, colonial and early American families in New Jersey, especially Elizabethtown, 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. The collection includes second hand accounts of enslaved people who were owned by the Kean and other families, offering a glimpse into their forced work and places of residence.

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 3


This collection is open to the public for research use. Copyright remains with Kean University. Credit this material. Personal photographs may be made for research purposes. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Lynette Zimmerman, Executive Director at the Liberty Hall Academic Center & Exhibition Hall at

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Susan Ursin Niemcewicz to John Kean, October 12, 1830


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