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George Van Brugh Brown wrote from New York to Susan Kean, his aunt, addressed to James Ricketts, Elizabethtown. He did not know that his uncle, James Ricketts, was sick. Since Susan was staying with him George asked her to update him on his health. He also mentioned he finally had an opportunity to travel to his lands later in the month.

People Included: Mr. Johnson, Mrs. A, James Ricketts, Sarah Ricketts, Mr. and Mrs. L (Lawrence?)


George Van Brugh Brown (b. 1775)


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

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New York, NY


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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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

George Van Brugh Brown to Susan Kean, August 8, 1796


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