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Sarah wrote from London to her sister Susan, addressed to Baskenridge, care of Peter V.B. Livingston Jr. in New York. It began "My Dear Girls," but doesn't name the other sister. Sarah described the sea voyage from Sandy Hook, NJ to Plymouth, England in winter, as well as her conversation with the Captain about Privateers. Mr. Ricketts was out of the Army. The cost of living was better in London than in New York. Sarah shared updates about people in London. Mrs. Arnold had a daughter. Mr. Penn saw Mr. and Mrs. Jay in Paris. She asked letters to Mr. R. be addressed to Messrs Gray and Ogilvie, Terrace Spring Gardens, London. She described hairstyles and fashionable colors, including "Elliots Fire Balls and the Rock of Gibraltar, which is something of yellowish-brown." Dr. Chandler appeared to have a scorbutic ulcer or cancer on his nose.

People included: General Gage, Mrs. Shirreff, Phil, Mrs. Penn, Mr. Robertson, Major and Mrs. Gardner, William, Mrs. Patterson, General Reid, Susan, Miss Tryon, Col. Farming (?), Major Parsons and Chapman, Major Brown, Ludlow (page torn), Greville, Churchill, Aunt Hoffman.

Places included: Exeter, Bath, and Paris.


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


Susan Livingston, later Susan Kean and Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (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 1739 to 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 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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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Sarah Ricketts to Susan Livingston, February 6, 1783


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