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John Kean wrote from Claremont to Susan Livingston, address not included. He was still at Claremont due to his gout and his friend Hindman's wishes and did not think he would move further North. He was upset that he would not get to see the Cohes. Hindman was supposed to go to Lebanon on August 15 but had to return to New York. John had been spending time with the Livingston family and mentioned reading Mr. Blair's sermon on Candour to them. He said that the "good old lady", presumably Margaret Beekman Livingston was taking good care of him. He had dined with Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, but Mrs. Livingston's health had not been well.


John Kean (1755-1795)


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

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Claremont, Germantown, 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


This collection is open to the public for research use. Copyright remains with Kean University. Credit this material. Personal photographs may be made for research purposes. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Lynette Zimmerman, Executive Director at the Liberty Hall Academic Center & Exhibition Hall at

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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

John Kean to Susan Livingston, July 30, 1786


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