Lewis William Otto05-15-1789
Lewis William Otto wrote from New York to Susan Kean, his sister-in-law, +address not included. He wrote about the relationship between the Count de M and Congress and between the Count and George Washington. He mentioned Robert Barnwell and said that his observations on Barnwell's conduct were not a complaint. He described for her a party held by the Count that the President attended. He said that he would soon have to return to Europe and hoped to return to America in a higher position. He planned on taking his daughter, Eliza Otto with him.
People Included: Madame de Brechan, Mr. de S. Tris, Madame De laForest, Mrs. Smoth, Mr. Dupont, Miss Griffin, Mr. de Brechan, Mrs. Houstoun, Mr. Smith, Miss Bayard, Ralph Izard, Mrs Colden, Ches. De Goyon, Miss Ludlow, Mr. Morris, and Governor Pinkney.
Lewis William Otto01-19-1789
Lewis William Otto wrote from New York to Susan Livingston Kean, his sister-in-law, address not included. He hoped Susan was doing better now that she had time to adjust to South Carolina. He wrote that he would be unable to visit this winter as he was being kept busy. He did not think Sarah Ricketts, Susan's sister would have come with him anyway. He also mentioned the federal building of Major L'Enfant.
R. Pringle wrote from Charleston to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort. He received John's letter and had hoped to send one back with Mr. Ellliot. He had supplied shoes for a number of enslaved people on Port Royal Island and the Plantation owners now owed him money. He wanted to use the money he was owed from the shoes to pay off his debt to John.
David Ramsay wrote from Charleston to John Kean, address not included. He wrote about the election and his opinions on certain candidates, including Mr. Binker, Mt. Drayton, Mr. Wathes, Charles Pinckney, Ralph Izard, and John Bull.
David Ramsay wrote from Charleston to John Kean, address not included. He wrote regarding transferring paper money and the new government. He mentioned that his wife had recently had a baby girl and both were doing well.
David Ramsay wrote from Charleston to John Kean, address not included. He wrote about indentures and debt. He also wrote about Congress and his objections to the eligibility of Mr. Smith.
John Randolph wrote from New York, NY to St. George Tucker, his father, addressed to Williamsburg, VA. He was disappointed that his father did not want him to return to Virginia for his school break. He wrote that he did not understand the purpose of being sent to New York to study when Virginia had produced some of the finest men in the country. He asked that his father show his letters to no one except Richard, his brother. He also said that Captain Crozier had not yet arrived.
Theodorick Bland Randolph12-02-1789
Theodorick Bland Randolph wrote from New York, NY to St. George Tucker,his father, addressed to Williamsburg, VA. He wrote about the return of Tucker's brother from South Carolina, borrowing money from Mr. Coushabile, his and his brother's allowance, and having letters from Tucker's sister in Bermuda. He also inquired which of his friends had spread a rumor about him being an alcoholic, stating it was false. He sent his best to Richard and the family.
Jacob Read wrote from Charleston to John Kean addressed to Beaufort, SC. He had arrived back, but left Mrs. Read behind and will return to get her in two months. He saw Philip Livingston, John's brother-in-law and he said that Sarah Ricketts had a son. He congratulated him on his new appointment. He received a letter sent via William Elliott, and wrote about money due on David Tubly's bond and the Sayre Estate.
Jacob Read wrote from Charleston to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He forwarded John's letter b Ralph Elliott. He wrote about Mr. Rupele's Estate, the judgements regarding Mr. Bowman and William Bryan as well as various bonds.
People Included: J. Hally, Daivd Seill, Clarkson, Alexander Chisolm, and J. Richard.
John Rhodes wrote to John Kean, address not included. He inquired on how much John would want for rent for the whole range of his stores.
Sarah Ricketts wrote to Susan Kean, her sister, address not included. She and her family were living in England, however they were having some severe financial difficulties due to an Estate in Jamaica. They had not been receiving much income from it and then received notice form Mr. Ewart that the man they trusted it to, John had run the estate into the ground. He accumulated a lot of debt and other judgements against the property which James Ricketts, Sarah's husband would be responsible for. They planned to travel to Jamaica to sort everything out, but Sarah was hesitant to leave her children, James, Maria, Phil, and Julia, especially since Maria was sick.
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 wrote from Abyssinia to Susan Kean, her sister, address not included. She was surprised that Susan had not received any letters from her as she wrote at every opportunity. She wrote in-depth about Robert Barnwell and how he was doing in New York. Sarah was shocked that it seemed he had been doing very little socializing as none of the ladies she knew had heard of him. It also seemed that he and Lewis William Otto had not visited each other despite their shared friendship with Susan. She said she was sending Susan flower seeds and would send more when she had them.
People Included: Mrs. E. Dayton, Mrs. Colden, Mr. Griffins, Mr. Coley, James Ricketts, and Miss Hyllon
James Shoolbred wrote from Charleston to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He wrote to inform John that he found out John's mother Jane Grove had been indebted to William Smith. Her estate now had to pay the money owed with interest. Included with the letter is a receipt for the amount owed from the Estate of Jane Grove to William Smith.
William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, address not included. He wrote that he recived the deeds needed by Mr. Elliott and that Thomson was working on surveying the land and had high praise for it. Mr. Devcaux was selling land with half payment by November and part of the next payment could be made with enslaved people. He updated John on the state of various bond he held as well as Gerogia congressional elections. He stated that he heard the treaty with the local Native Americans was moving forward.
People Included: Mr. Way, Mr. Werecat, Dr. Houstoun, Captain Pray, and Mr. Osborne.
William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, address not included. He wrote regarding various friends and acquaintances that were given political appointments including, Mr. Hall, Isacc Mott, Wegman, Mr. Cagdell, Caston, John Habersham, Gela McIntosh, Berreir, and Cornelious Collins. He also mentioned that the wages for Senators and Representatives had been decided as well as the compensation for the President and Vice President. Congress was going to take up measures for peace with the Native Americans, for which Stephens was greatful. Philip Delegal wrote to Stephens regarding Islands John Kean had for sale. He believed Delegal could purchase them with his brother, David. He mentioned their dispute with Werecat should soon go to court and outlined the terms for purchasing Hutchinson's land.
William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He wrote to congratulate Kean on his new appointment. He said he thought he would do well and that he and Susan Kean would benefit from being closer to their family up north. He also updated him on other political matters, Mr. Agnew was collector for Beaufort, Handley for Brunswick, and Seagrove for St. Mary's. A vote for $40,000 to assist Georgia with Native Americans was passed and a letter to Mr. McGillowing from George Washington was forwarded to Augusta on the same subject.
William Stephens wrote to Savannah to John Kean, addressed to New York, NY. He had just returned from Augusta. He complained that all both houses had done this season was debate about what was to be done with the Western Territory. It was decided that it be sold to speculators, about 15,500,000 acres from $20,700. Williams was skeptical of this plan and thought it would worsen tensions with the Native Americans.
People Included: General Jackson, Mr. McGillaray, and Mr. Johnston
William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He wrote that the Legislature burnt paper money and expanded the tender of whats left for five years, with the value decreasing each year.He also shared election news and wrote, George Washington was unanimously elected President, Colonel Gunn was seemingly the Senator and General Matthews, Baldwin, General Jackson wold most likely win their districts despite opposition from William Houstoun and Osborne in the lower district. He was unable to buy cotton seed as it was in high demand.
William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He wrote primarily regarding property and John's financial matters. He paid the taxes due in paper money and said that although John's lands were as valuable as any others he would have a hard time selling them. There was an on going issue in Southern Georgia with the local Native American which made it difficult to sell the property.
People Included: Charles Lucena, Captain Haist , J. C. Lucena, Bradwell, Andrew, Way, Major Pierce , Mr Elliot, and Thompson
William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, address not included.He wrote about how people are wanting too high a price for rice lands, but that Major Habersham had written John on that subject. Georgia was most likely going to follow South Carolina in passing an installment act. He suggested not pressing the Bryan Estate or Barmah property unless John wanted more paper money. J. Elbert had paid W. Devaux so Devaux should be able to pay John soon. Captain Pray pressed for their case to go to arbitration.
William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He had to delay the survey on John's lands, but planned to have them done soon. He gave news of the elections of Governor and Senators as well as other political news.
People Included: Thomson, Mr. Parteon, Mr. Few, Colonel Walton, Col. Gunn, Wayne, William Houstoun, Major Peadeton, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Fisher, Richards, and Emmanuel.
William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He received John's letter from Mr. Thomson the pilot. He wrote that he needed permission from John to pay Mr. Thomson the surveyor for the work he did. Mr. Werecat had not begun legal proceedings yet, but when he did Stephens would have to go to the Federal Court. A new State System was being implemented in October and so their Court date had been brought forward to July. Johah attested to John's instructions regarding Mr. Tubly.
William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. Thomson has finished the survey and the documentation will be sent to John soon. Stephens had agreed to pay Thomson. He heard news from New York that Congress was in session. Georgia's Convention adopted a new Constitution.
People Included: Captain Pray, Benjamin Maxwell, Miss Habersham
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