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John wrote to his wife, Susan, who was located in Amboy, NJ (based on context). John described the people on his stagecoach ride to Philadephia, PA: Mr. Ricketts, Mr. and Mrs. Cramond, an Irish doctor from Georgia, German bakers, servants, Molly McCall and her brother (with lots of luggage). Upon his return, he visited the Chews (Sophia is better) and Alexander Hamilton (in bed). Betsey wasn't home.
John describes a drop in the price of scrip (stock for the newly formed Bank of the United States) and the impact on buyers, particularly Duer, Brockholst, and New Yorkers in general.
John updated the on three Frenchmen: [Jean-Baptiste] Ternant was at the residence of [Louis-Guillaume] Otto. De Laforest [de La Forest] visited to look for a house (possibly Franklin's or Pleasant's).
Other people mentioned: Miss Abby Willing, Bingham's family, Mifflin, H. Izard.
He finished with a reminder that they are to "think of each other" at 9 pm, he purchased winter wood (to fertilize the garden), and mosquitoes buzzed at night.
John Kean (1755-1795)
Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)
Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2
Kean, John. John Kean to Susan Kean, August 16, 1791. Manuscript. From Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University, Liberty Hall Collection 1790s. https://digitalcommons.kean.edu/lhc_1790s/86
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