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Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote to John Kean, addressed to New York. He wrote that he had no objection to John asking his daughter, Susan Livingston, to marry him. He said that it was Susan's choice as she was a mature adult capable of making her own decisions. He also wrote that because of the Revolutionary War he would not be able to give her much upon her marriage, but that he did intend to distribute his property evenly among this children at his death.

Author/Creator

Peter Van Brugh Livingston (1712-1792)

Recipient

John Kean (1755-1795)

Creation Date

4-25-1786

Document Type

Manuscript

Location

Location Unknown

Collection

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.

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2

Rights

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 lzimmerm@kean.edu.

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

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

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