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John Kean wrote from Claremont to Susan Livingston, address not included. Hindman had arrived on Saturday, but they postponed their trip to Lebanon until Thursday, partly due to Robert R. Livingston's ongoing lawsuit. John said that if the trip got delayed again he would not go as he was expected in New York on September 1. He hoped that Susan would accept an invitation to go to Elizabethtown as the country air would be good for her health. Kitty was excited by Hindman's return and spent the day with him. The next day John planned to go to the upper manor to see Susan's uncle.


John Kean (1755-1795)


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

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Claremont Estate, NY


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 Archives, Kean University

John Kean to Susan Livingston, August 14, 1786


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