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Gustavus Risberg in Philadelphia, wrote to Susan Kean, addressed via Philip Livingston in the Battery, New York, NY. Mr. Risberg updated Susan Kean on the status of her account such as the "Bills from France." Susan invested in the Turnpike and a canals, and he offered updates about both. The lot owned by Mrs. Kean had difficulties, such as a leaky roof. In order to "dispose of adventure to the East Indies," he needed to know the orders given to the supercargo. Mr. Risberg was to also take change of the Willing & Francis, a mercantile house. People included: Miss H. Mead, Tench Coxe, Mr. Biddle, Peter Kean, Bonsall. Places included: France, Turnpike, Willings & Francis House. Place included: Philadelphia apartment.


Gustavus Risberg


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

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Philadelphia, PA


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


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 Archives, Kean University

Gustavus Risberg to Susan Kean, February 7, 1796


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