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John Kean wrote to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. He wrote he had been detained at Hilton Head by the bad weather, but returned now. His health was about the same as when he left Susan, which was ok for winter. The trees Susan had sent him were lost at sea. He wrote he was worried about Susan's sister Eliza, who had recently given birth and inquired about her and the baby. He noted that many of his friend's wives in South Carolina were also pregnant. He wrote an Americanized version of an old Scotch ballad for Susan to sing to their unborn baby, which he hoped would be a boy.


John Kean (1755-1795)


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

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Location Unknown (presuambly 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, December 22, 1787