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An excerpt from a letter written by Peter Van Brugh Livingston to John Kean, April 25, 1786. The excerpt said that Peter would not obstruct John from asking for his daughter, Susan Livingston's hand in marriage. However, he would not be able to give her much on her wedding day due to the impact of the Revolutionary War on his finances. He did intend, however, to split his property equally among his children at his death. The full letter can be found as " Peter Van Brugh Livingston to John Kean, April 25, 1786." It is unclear who wrote out this excerpt, but it was presumably John Kean.


Peter Van Brugh Livingston (1712-1792)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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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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Excerpt from Peter Van Brugh Livingston to John Kean, April 25, 1786