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Gustavus Risberg wrote from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Susan Kean in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Risberg acknowledged Susan’s last two favors and apologized that it was not yet in his power to communicate agreeable information. Susan’s house in Philadelphia was valued between £2250 and £2400, which was considerably less than what it cost. Mrs. Cox was the current resident of the house and Risberg commissioned Bonsall, who transacted Mrs. Cox’s land affairs, to inform her of Susan’s plan to part with the house provided she obtained £2800 for it. Bonsall made the offer and Mrs. Cox was considering it. Risberg was not confident that Mrs. Cox would purchase the house because she was dissatisfied with the kitchen being below and the back parlor rendered dark by Dr. Rush’s building. Although Risberg did acknowledge that Mrs. Cox’s family liked the neighborhood. Mr. Simpson informed him that the power given to Mr. Burrall to draw interest was insufficient, therefore Susan needed to execute a Power in the name of the Cashier or the Assistant Cashier of the Bank of the U.S. Discussed rent, dividends, and ground rent.


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, February 9, 1800


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