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Philip Livingston wrote from New York, New York to Susan Kean in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Livingston informed his sister Susan that his wife had fallen ill on the evening of Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts’ arrival and he called a physician to see her at one in the morning. The physician bled her and administered Laudanum and she was recovering. Livingston received the master in chancery to sell the mortgaged lands at auction. He bid up to the amount of the debt and then an agent of John Brown bid something over Livingston. Brown became the purchaser and was going to deposit the money in the Court of Chancery. Livingston had to acquire an order from the Chancellor to the Master to pay the funds to him before he could receive it. Hoped the agent paid the money into court, otherwise, Livingston would either have to take the lands for debt or have them sold over again. Supposed Susan would rather have income than land but requested she let him know her wishes. Also discussed Susan’s plans for the Philadelphia lot and Morris’s Land, and enclosed an extract respecting a bill.


Philip Peter Livingston (1740-1810)


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

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New York, New York


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

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Philip Livingston to Susan Kean, January 4, 1799


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