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S. Ogden wrote from Montreal, Québec, Canada to Susan Kean in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Ogden apologized for her delay in responding to Susan’s epistle. Her husband had two fistula operations and was recovering. Mentioned Harriet was a half boarder in the Convent of the Sisters of the Congregation where she attended from seven in the morning until six in the evening to perfect her French. Ogden’s two eldest boys went to the country to spend the winter with French Priests where they will speak only French. Planned to send Henry to New York the following summer to live with a merchant and Isaac wished to join the army. Her youngest boys were attending a local school. Enquired about Peter and suggested once boys reached a certain age, they were better off away from home. Montreal, at present, was enlivened by Mr. Ricketts who built a handsome circus and performed wonderful feats of activity and horsemanship.

People mentioned: John Bill Ricketts


S. Ogden


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

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Montreal, Québec, Canada


Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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S. Ogden to Susan Kean, November 12, 1797


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