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Sarah wrote to her sister, Susan, addressed to John Kean, Cashier of the U.S. Bank, Philadelphia. Sarah is optimistic that the medicine her brother-in-law uses will protect him from yellow fever. People leaving Philadelphia must quarantine before entering New York. She describes a visit with General Knox, Mrs. Knox, their children (Lucy, Julia, Washington, Caroline), two maids, and two hired servants. Genl. Knox arrived from Philadelphia, and Sarah was afraid to shake his hand. He's heading to B. Point with Mr. Huger. Mrs. Filch is mentioned. Sarah invites her nephew Peter to stay with her. She still has Susan's shoes and bonnet.


Sarah Ricketts, formerly Sarah Livingston (1779-1814)


Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston and later 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 1739-1847. 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


This collection is open to the public for research use. Copyright remains with Kean University. Credit this material. Personal photographs may be made for research purposes. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Lynette Zimmerman, Executive Director at the Liberty Hall Academic Center & Exhibition Hall at

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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Sarah Ricketts to Susan Kean, September 25, 1793


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