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John Kean wrote from Beaufort to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. He had arrived and Beaufort and wrote about the state of his plantation there. A large portion of the indigo crop had been destroyed by crickets. John complained that he could make twice what he did if he were a better planter and his enslaved people better managed. He wrote about the possibility of renting the Beaufort plantation and selling all his land in Georgia to pay off his debts. He wrote about his health and how he had been drinking Celson Water. He was currently staying with Mr. Stewart, who had married Miss. Middleton.


John Kean (1755-1795)


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

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Beaufort, SC


Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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John Kean to Susan Kean, April 8, 1787

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