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Sarah wrote to her sisters, Susan and Eliza [Elizabeth] Livingston. She was sad that they didn't write since "I have been in this Island" for five months. No one from the local parish visited either, "gratitude seems to be quite out of fashion on this part of the Island." Mr. R [Ricketts, her husband], is not obliged to join his Regiment at Antigua. Kitty is homesick for America. Names included: Mrs. Bosley, Kitty, and her father, Mr. Goodin, Miss Goodins, Mr. and Mrs. Woollery, Mrs. Tomlinson, Marie, Halton, Mrs. Brown, Mary Bayard, Mrs. Burke (mother to Mrs. Palmer), cousin Phil's family, Mr. and Mrs. Fitch's.


Sarah Ricketts, formerly Sarah Alexander Livingston (1755–1825)


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

Elizabeth "Eliza" Livingston, later Elizabeth "Eliza" Otto (1761-1787)

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An unnamed island


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 1, LHC Series 2


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Sarah Ricketts to Susan and Eliza Livingston, June 1, 1779