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Gustavus Risberg in Philadelphia, PA, wrote to Susan Kean, addressed to Elizabeth Town, NJ. Mr. Risberg sent $200 of remittances to Mrs. Kean. Risberg concluded business with Mr. Simmons concerning a dispute over penalties. Mr. Tilghman examined the deed and advised accommodating with Dr. Rush as he has full rights to the property. Mr. Willing raised the land on the property to avoid flooding even though it darkened the kitchen. He advised that the Turnpike would likely not have a dramatic increase in dividend revenue for a year. He advised against purchasing bank stock. He reiterated that the colored satins remained unsold. People included: Simmons, Bonsal, Mr. Tilghman, Mr. Ketland, Dr. Rush, Mr. Willing, Mr. Meade, John Ferms, Peter Kean, Mr. M. Temper. Places included: Federal City, Washington, Morris & Nicholson, England.


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.

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2 (1799 and earlier)


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Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Gustavus Risberg to Susan Kean, July 29, 1796


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