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John Faucheraud Grimke wrote from Charleston to John Kean, addressed to New York. The letter started with Grimke telling Kean that he heard Miss R, who Kean had been talking about, was engaged to Mr. Farmein. He advised Kean to stay away from her and all Northern Women. The rest of the letter he wrote about various topics including the land office bill, East Indies trade, farming, and South Carolina's state debt. He also mentioned that if Mr. Rutledge was to be appointed to the League he would probably name his son, John Rutledge, as his secretary, Grimke named Henry Laurens, William Smith, and James Smith as other good candidates. He told John Major Pickney would be seeking to prosecute Kean's business with J.R.


John Faucheraud Grimke (1752-1819)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Charleston, SC


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


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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

John Faucheraud Grimke to John Kean, July 2, 1785


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