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Sarah Ricketts wrote to Susan Kean, unaddressed. Sarah informed Susan that she wrote to her last week and her letter was sent with Parker. They had a severe gale of wind and she supposed Mr. Huger rejoiced he was not on board. Eliza’s mouth was sore because she was teething. Mr. Gardoqui was going home very soon; Mrs. Knox claimed he was ordered home and was afraid he would not be received favorably. His friend, Don Galvez’s body was taken up and burnt, his house pulled down to the ground, and everything was taken from his family. Mr. Huger informed Sarah that Susan arrived safely in Charleston after a passage of twelve days. Sarah informed their parents of Susan’s arrival and they were very happy, their mother was going to make Chestnut Soup for the occasion. This document is undated but likely written in 1783.


Sarah Ricketts


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

Creation Date

circa 1783

Creation Date


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Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Sarah Ricketts to Susan Livingston, circa 1783