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Gustavus Risberg in Philadelphia, PA, wrote to Susan Kean, addressed to the care of Philip Livingston Esq. near the Battery, New York, NY. Gustavus Risberg wrote to Susan Kean about business matters, including the sale of goods from China that yielded moderate profits and concerning the building leased for rent. Included are two invoices, with near-identical item level lists, and a receipt for items shipped from Philadelphia to New York, via the ship Winthrop.

People included: Bonsall.

Places included: India, China, New York.


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

Creation Date

April 8, 1796 and April 10, 1796

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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 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.

Inventory Location

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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Gustavus Risbert to Susan Kean, April 10, 1796


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