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John Kean wrote from Charleston to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. He arrived at Charleston and was sick for several days. He mentioned that many of the planters have had bad crops this year. He learned that his barn with his entire rice crop and provisions for the winter burned down and planned to travel to Beaufort to see the damage himself. In order to make up the loss he said he needed to sell his land in Georgia. John then gave news of friends, John Bull was sick, Mrs. Ramsay gave birth to a baby girl, General Pinckney arrived three weeks ago and there was no news of Houstoun. He asked Susan for any news of her sister Eliza Otto.

Author/Creator

John Kean (1755-1795)

Recipient

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

Creation Date

11-20-1787

Document Type

Manuscript

Location

Charleston, 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, November 20, 1787

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