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John wrote to his wife, Susan, addressed at Mr. Ricketts near Elizabeth Town, NJ. John writes about enslaved people Jacob (sick) and Celia (factotum: do everything person). John wants Celia to be his cook for the rest of his life. The temperature changes drastically. Construction continues on a new property, but he's interested in a place on Chestnut Street next to Oeller's Hotel and opposite the playhouse. He puts limits on Susan spending money on furniture. Names included: Eoff, Susan's brother, her father's estate, Mr. Bancker, Mrs. Glymer, Dickenson, Mrs. Lawrence, Mrs. Pickney (dead), Mrs. Harry, Franks, Mr. Thomas Willing, and Elizabeth "Betsey" Willing and William Jackson plan to get married.


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 29, 1793


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