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John Kean wrote from Beaufort to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. He wrote that he had spent some time at his orchard in St. Helena Island, but that it was in a sorry state. A drought has severely affected his lands, in particular the indigo. He decided to lease his Hilton Head property as the expenses from the plantation interfered with him paying off his debt. South Carolina and Georgia settled their border dispute finally. He enclosed with this letter ones to Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Lewis William Otto, and Mrs. Livingston at Queen Street. He was sending this through Major Habersham and Mr. Shermerhorn.

Author/Creator

John Kean (1755-1795)

Recipient

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

Creation Date

4-29-1787

Document Type

Manuscript

Location

Beaufort, SC

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

John Kean to Susan Kean, April 29, 1787

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