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Gustavus Risberg wrote from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Susan Kean in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. This letter has two different dates. On August 10, 1798, Gisberg informed Susan that Mr. G. Willing paid the last quarter’s rent and he enclosed a draft of a remittance for one hundred and ninety dollars. Willing decided to postpone the papering of Susan’s home until the fall. Painting was completed for thirty-two dollars. Nothing had been done regarding Susan’s claim against Mr. Meade regarding the waterway. Mentioned that the profits of the North American Insurance Company were inconsiderable and no dividend could be made as a result.

On August 31, 1798, Risberg wrote that Mr. Willing’s promise of payment of the one hundred and ninety dollars was delayed and was now enclosed. Yellow Fever had broken out in Philadelphia and citizens removed from the city as a result. Their Compting House was located at the upper end of Market and Eleventh Street and no one was entering the city. Hoped Susan would delay her visit to New York because Yellow Fever was more malignant compared to the 1793 outbreak and extended into most of the Seaport Towns in the United States.


Gustavus Risberg


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

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Gustavus Risberg to Susan Kean, August 10, 1798


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