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John wrote to his wife, Susan, addressed at Mr. Ricketts, near Elizabeth Town, NJ. John is concerned about Susan's health. Enslaved boys Jacob and Billy have "swelled throats" and their mother believes they have the mumps. John ordered all of Susan's household requests and had her front room papered. She can pick out furniture in New York, but he can't pay until October. The French ship Hannibal is selling its cargo and John prefers Susan select her chest of tea. Names included: Mrs. Otto, La Forest, [Laforest], Mr. [Edmond-Charles] Genet, Dupont, Mr. Ternant, and the Scioto people.


John Kean (1755-1795)


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

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

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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John Kean to Susan Kean, May 25, 1793

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