Mr. Ogden and Mrs. Ogden wrote to Susan Kean, address not included, to invite her to dinner at their house on Saturday. On the back of the letter is an embroidery pattern.
George Van Brugh Brown08-08-1796
George Van Brugh Brown wrote from New York to Susan Kean, his aunt, addressed to James Ricketts, Elizabethtown. He did not know that his uncle, James Ricketts, was sick. Since Susan was staying with him George asked her to update him on his health. He also mentioned he finally had an opportunity to travel to his lands later in the month.
People Included: Mr. Johnson, Mrs. A, James Ricketts, Sarah Ricketts, Mr. and Mrs. L (Lawrence?)
George Van Brugh Brown07-22-1796
George Van Brugh Brown wrote from New York to Susan Kean, his aunt, addressed to James Ricketts, Elizabethtown. He inquired about Susan's health and how their friends in Elizabethtown were. He mentioned that he saw Susan's brother who was soon heading out to the country, he was most likely referring to Philip Peter Livingston.
People Included: Miss James, Mrs. A, Peter Philip James Kean
Places Included: Monty Bay
George Van Brugh Brown09-07-1796
George Van Brugh Brown wrote from Stratford, CT to Susan Kean, his aunt, addressed to Elizabethtown, NJ. George was upset that he had so many delays in his travels and hoped that his letter about his trip got to James Ricketts.
People Included: James Ricketts, Mr. Houston, Mrs. Johnson, Sarah Ricketts, Peter Philip James Kean
Places Included: Boston, MA, New York, NY
Philip Peter Livingston03-08-1796
Philip Livingston wrote from New York, NY, to John Rutherfurd, addressed to Philadelphia, PA. He had heard via his sisters Sarah Ricketts and Susan Kean, that George Van Brugh Brown, a Captain in the British Army had arrived in Philadelphia from Jamaica. He had left his regiment in North Carolina and traveled north alone and most likely did not know anyone in the city. Philip referred to George as his cousin, but he is in fact the son of Philip's sister Mary. He asked John if he could introduce him to the British Charge des affairs, Mr. Bond. Philip's wife, Cornelia Livingston, made the same request of her sister's husband, Colonel Reade.
Bill of sale from Polly Therny to Aaron Pitney for Toan (or Tean) a 9-year-old enslaved boy sold for 75 pound current lawful money.
The Last Will and Testament of John Kean. In his Will, John Kean leaves the majority of his personal property and real estate to his son, Peter Philip James Kean, with the exception of some land to Robert Barnwell, money to his sister Jane Corvasier, and land to his wife Susan. He also freed an enslaved woman Celia upon his death and granted her $50 a year for life in addition to a regular salary if she continued to work for Susan Kean for as long as Susan would hire her.
People Included: George Campbell, Susan Kean, Robert Barnwell, Peter Philip James Kean, Richard Shubrick, Thomas Shubrick, Jane Grove, Jane Corvaisier, Celia, Philip Peter Livingston, John Wallace, Gustavus Risberg
New York Insurance Office03-05-1795
Insurance policy purchased by Philip Livingston for John Kean, his brother-in-law from New York Insurance Office for goods being shipped by boat from Philadelphia.
A lost written by Susan Kean detailing what work is to be done by the servant each day for the week. On the back are written several notes about money Susan paid to Mrs. Primmer for services such as washing.
James A. Buchanan02-28-1793
James wrote to John Kean, addressed to Philadelphia, PA. James state the Bank Directors imposed an indirect censure on the Branch Bank at Baltimore. He defends himself. Names included: J.B., W. Robb, Lou. Chesterfield, Tench Coxe, James Carey, John Holmes, J. Anthony, Thomas Willing, W. Patterson, Samuel Smith, General Williams, Ro. Gilman, Theophile Casenove, W. Bingham, Mr. Carey, Wilson, Swan, Dall, Governor Johnston, LeRay, Judge Iredell, Frank, and Gale.
Samuel wrote to John Kean, addressed to Philadelphia, PA. Samuel sent a letter from Alexander Chisholm regarding a balance for a bond. Samuel requests that John pay the balance to John Brown.
Beaumanoir De Laforest09-10-1793
Beaumanoir wrote to Susan, address torn off. She's concerned about yellow fever in Philadelphia and tragic events in Paris. Beaumanoir, whose husband was the Vice-Consul General of the Kingdom of France to the United States, lived briefly in the United States. She had a daughter, Caroline.
Ralph Izard wrote from Hartford to John Kean, addressed to Cashier of the Bank of the US in Philadelphia. He was glad to hear John Kean had escaped the Yellow Fever and is making use of Izard's kitchen and parlor. He hoped that the cold weather would help the epidemic slow down. After leaving Hartford he would stay in New York until it was known where Congress would meet.
People Included: Mrs. Cortright, Mrs. Izard, Benge the Upholsterer, Mr. Debbois, Mr. Vanhan, Mr. Willing
Places Included: Boston, MA, New York, NY
John writes to his wife, Susan, address not included. He describes local celebrations of the fourth of July, business at the First Bank of the United States, and hiring a domestic servant. Names included: Mr. Ricketts, Brentford, Mr. Varinot and fireworks, Mrs. Horry visits New York, Mr. Read and Kate of Charleston, Richard Shubrick John Shultz, Ternant, General Irvine at Carlisle, Mr. Anthony, Peter Kean, and domestic workers Jacob and an unnamed Irishman.
John wrote to his wife, Susan, addressed to Mr. Ricketts, near Elizabeth Town. Yellow fever is spreading in Philadelphia and he's grateful that Susan and their son Peter are out of town, Peter's improving health, using medicinal bark, and preparation for their house in Philadelphia. He describes horseback riding on Province Island. Names included: Meade, Violet, Peggy Marshall, Ramsay family. Events included: Battle of Cap-Francais, French Saint-Domingue (now Haiti).
John Kean wrote from Philadelphia to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. Several children in Philadelphia had died from eating cherry pits. Peter had a stomach ache and John instructed Susan on what to give him should it continue.
People Included: Mrs. T. Shippen, John Bannister, Mr. and Mrs. Manigaull, Mrs. Izard, Mrs. Gough, Robert Barnwell, Mr. Stephens, Isabell Bell, Peggy, Meade Family, Peter Philip James Kean, Mrs. Galloway, Miss Middleton
Places Included: Carolina, Boston, MA, New York, NY, Maryland
John Kean wrote to Susan Kean, his wife, addressed to Philip Livingston, New York. He was glad that Susan and Peter's health improved and mentioned his has as well. He talked about their house and said it should be ready soon.
People Included: Peter Philip James Kean, Mr. Williams, Martha Washington, George Washington, Peter Van Brugh Livingston, John Rutherfurd, LeRoy Family, Edwards Family
John Kean wrote from Philadelphia to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. He wrote about inheritance and what would be left after his death to his son Peter. He also wrote about an enslaved woman named Violet. He instructed Susan to give her away if she could not be sold or have her indent herself to him for 5 or 7 years and bring her to Philadelphia.
People Included: Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Peter Philip James Kean, Miss Meade, Peggy Bayard, G. McEvers, Betsy Bayard, Franks, Violet
Places Included: Elizabethtown, NJ
John Kean wrote to Susan Kean, his wife, addressed to Mr. Ricketts, near Elizabethtown, NJ. John was concerned about Susan and their son Peter's health. He also mentioned that three of his slaves, Jacob, Billy, and Daphne are sick.
People Included: Peter Philip James Kean, Robert Barnwell, Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Mr. Meade, Jacob, Billy, Daphne
Places Included: Savannah, GA
John wrote to his wife, Susan, addressed at Mr. Ricketts, near Elizabethtown, NJ. John is concerned about Susan's health. Enslaved boys Jacob and Billy have "swelled throats" and their mother believes they have the mumps. John ordered all of Susan's household requests and had her front room papered. She can pick out furniture in New York, but he can't pay until October. The French ship Hannibal is selling its cargo and John prefers Susan select her chest of tea. Names included: Mrs. Otto, La Forest, [Laforest], Mr. [Edmond-Charles] Genet, Dupont, Mr. Ternant, and the Scioto people.
John wrote to his wife, Susan, addressed at Mr. Ricketts near Elizabethtown, NJ. John writes about enslaved people Jacob (sick) and Celia (factotum: do everything person). John wants Celia to be his cook for the rest of his life. The temperature changes drastically. Construction continues on a new property, but he's interested in a place on Chestnut Street next to Oeller's Hotel and opposite the playhouse. He puts limits on Susan spending money on furniture. Names included: Eoff, Susan's brother, her father's estate, Mr. Bancker, Mrs. Glymer, Dickenson, Mrs. Lawrence, Mrs. Pickney (dead), Mrs. Harry, Franks, Mr. Thomas Willing, and Elizabeth "Betsey" Willing and William Jackson plan to get married.
John Kean wrote from Philadelphia to Susan Kean, his wife, addressed to Mr. Corvaisier's near Dunks Ferry. Yellow Fever had been going around the city. John had been staying at the Bank because a servant at home was sick, but then Franks was sick and stayed at the Bank. John Kean eventually had he brought to the house as well.
People Included: Franks, Mr. Ball, Mr. McCall, Terence, Betsey, Celia
John Kean wrote to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. The Yellow Fever was still going on in Philadelphia. Franks, a watchman at the Bank, Mrs. Batts, and a priest Mr. Flemming all died and several others were sick.
People Included: Walker, Mr. Meade, Betsey
John wrote to his wife, Susan, address not included. He updated her on people sick or dead from yellow fever, holistic remedies, and recovery from saddle sore. Names included: Enk, Beaty, Mr. Willing, and Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Hamilton, Mr. C., and Terence. John enclosed Brown's paper, describing both Dr. Kuhn and Rush's different methods of treating the disorder (not present).
John wrote to his wife, Susan, no address. Names included: Alexander Hamilton, Mr.Barclay, John Beaty, Simpson, Franks, Lawrence, Jonathan Smith, Price, Mr. Willing, Thomas Smith, Stowe and Mandeville, Cochran and Risberg, and Terence. The dead: Walker, the French Consul, Wigton the schoolmaster, and from the Bank of Pennsylvania, the chief bookkeeper and one Porter. John had to hire "four new hands." He will try and visit Susan the following day but doubts he can get a seat on the mail stage without going directly to New York. As soon as Terence gets confident in driving, he will send him up.
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