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Sarah Ricketts wrote to her sister, Susan Kean, address not included. The first 8 pages of the letter are no longer with pages 9-11. She wrote updating Susan on their family and friends. She mentioned that Mr. B was in bad debt and would have to do something or else he would go to jail, according to their father Peter Van Brugh Livingston. Robert Barnwell had been staying with them but left to go to J.R. Livingston's wedding to Eliza McEvers, then he would go to Mr. B's and then stay with them the Ricketts again until he left for South Carolina. Their brother Philip was doing well and had been made a senator of New York.

People Included: Lewis William Otto, Sarah Livingston Jay, Susan (Livingston?), John Jay, Martha Washington, Mrs. R. Morris, Mrs. Church, James Ricketts, Mrs. Laferty, C. Huger, Franks, Mr. Griffin, and Sam Smith.

Places Included: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


Sarah Ricketts, formerly Sarah Livingston


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

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Location Unknown (Possibly Elizabethtown, 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.

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Sarah Ricketts to Susan Kean, June 4, 1789