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Gustavus Risberg in Philadelphia, PA wrote to Susan Kean, addressed to Elizabeth Town, NJ. Gustav wrote about the rental business and the possibility of war. This included a desire by Mr. Willings to paint and paper the house. There was a decline in rents and he anticipated the further decline of rents if war broke out because of the loss of shipping. People included: Mr. Simpson, Mr. Willings, Mr. Morris, Peter Kean, Mrs. R. Places mentioned: New York, Debtors Department, N. A. Land Company, Turnpike.


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 Archive, Kean University

Gustavus Risberg to Susan Kean, May 28, 1798


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