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Gustavus Risberg wrote from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Susan Kean in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Risberg informed Susan that the remittance of $200 came safe to hand. Mr. G. Willing had yet to pay the quarter rent, once Risberg received it, he would pay last year’s City Taxes. Mrs. Cox altogether declined to purchase Susan’s house in Philadelphia. However, after much persuasion from her young family, decided to rent the house for £190 per annum, to commence the 10th of July 1801, and to be paid quarterly, on condition of making the necessary repairs. The repairs included cleaning the sink where the water was thrown into from the kitchen, carpentry work in the kitchen, and repairing doors. Risberg accepted Morris’s offer of £80 per annum for the lot in Philadelphia on Walnut Street. If Susan was displeased with his actions, it would give him much concern, but he acted for Peter’s best interest in the same manner as if it had been his own son.

People mentioned: Mrs. Cox and Peter Kean.


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, April 20, 1800


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