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Mary McIntosh or Sarah Ricketts wrote to their sister, Susan Kean, no address. The final page was not present. There are many daily details.

She missed Susan and was delighted when she received her letter the night before. She described a religious service that she did not agree with. She described the local neighborhood of her "savage" [Native American?] and they offered her to join them at a potluck, but she declined. She attended a ball hosted by Mr. S. A--, with the children, dancing master, 23 other ladies, and "her" Native American. She prepared curtains for party the next day. Yorick began to understand English. She traveled to Springfield with the children (the machinery of the oil and paint mills, they didn't see the paper mill), then back to Abyssinnia. Next week she planed to go to Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Philadelphia

People included: Peter Kean, Eliza Otto, Rector W. Sprugge, Williamson (Puritanical Psalm), Singer and Clark, Mrs. Dhart and the girls (drank tea), another West Indian/Jamaican family Mr. and Mrs. Drum [illegible], Mr. R and Yrick went to Mr. Governeurs [Gouverneur?] (Turtle Feast and wine), Uncle and Aunt Stevens, Dr. Smith, drank tea with Mrs. Dylton, Mrs. Boudinox and Mrs. Stockton, J. Rutherford, dined with Lady Kitty, Phils, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Livingston, Mrs. McCombe and the girls, Peggy, Miss Ramsay and my old beau,Creole Mrs. Sinclair, William Sheef,


Sister (Mary McIntosh or Sarah Ricketts)


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

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The Liberty Hall Collection consists of the correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and other manuscript material of the Livingston and Kean families, dated from 1739-1847. 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 who were 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

Sister to Susan Kean, October 11, 1791