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James Ricketts wrote from Portland Place, London to Susan Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Ricketts informed Susan that her sister, Sarah and Maria wrote to her by the packet, and will likely write again by the next one. Sorry to find that that was the only conveyance between them. He recognized Susan was anxious to hear from the family and wanted to write a few lines to tell her that they all continued in good health. Had no news on returning to the United States. Mentioned that Maria gave an extract in her letter and Ricketts had the satisfaction to tell Susan that honorable mention had been made of “him” in the Gazette, which he planned to send Susan at the next available opportunity. “PL” was well a few days ago but his Regiment would not be employed on the next expedition to Spain and Portugal. The “little one” was well and went to her studies every day from one to five where she learned English, French, writing, musical dancing, etc. Ricketts wrote in the Post Script that they received great and interesting news from Spain, which Susan must collect from the newspapers.

People Mentioned: Sarah Ricketts and Maria.


James Ricketts


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

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Portland Place, London


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

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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James Ricketts to Susan Kean, July 25, 1800


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