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Gustavus Risberg in Philadelphia, PA wrote to Susan Kean, addressed to Elizabeth Town, NJ. Risberg discusses the canal lottery and how tickets exceeded the $11 limitation set by Mrs. Kean. Mr. Willing got married. Risberg requests Mrs. Kean pay Jonathan Burrall. He also discussed paying taxes of the two estates, stating that he would apply March's rent "from with that of the Negroes" to pay the taxes. He also advised Mrs. Kean to purchase stocks and laments the losses of commerce to British depredations. The lettered included a list of income. People included: Peter Kean, Jonathan Burrall, Wilson, Mr. Cogniac, Mr. Willing, Mr. Corvaisier. Places Included: Philadelphia, New York.


Gustavus Risberg


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

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Elizabeth Town, County of Essex, New Jersey


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 to 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 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

Gustavus Risberg to Susan Kean, October 19, 1795


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