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Gustavus Risberg in Philadelphia, PA wrote to Susan Kean, addressed to Elizabeth Town, NJ. Mr. Risberg enclosed $250 to Susan in anticipation of income to be received from rent and dividends. He expected to receive a dividend from the Turnpike Company. At that point, sales had reached $1000 but still needed to sell the colored satins before sending her the returns. Mr. Risberg continued with the issue of the property deed that had caused much trouble. Susan Kean, Elizabeth, NJ, wrote a draft letter to Gustav Risberg on the date of July 18, 1796 on this letter from Risberg. She discussed the issue with the dividends from the Turnpike. She expected to sell one of her farms and receive a dividend from her father's estate. Susan wanted to ensure that her son did not share in her misfortunes. She wanted to approach the property situation cautiously as she knew the reputation of Mr. Tilghman as being liberal. People included: John Kean, Peter Livingston, Mr. Tilghman, Simmons, Peter Kean, Mr. Meade. Places included: Turnpike Company.


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 (1799 and earlier)


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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Gustavus Risberg to Susan Kean, July 14, 1796


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