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John Kean wrote to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. The letter has four dates January 27, January 30, February 3, and February 7. John was anxious to hear from Susan and when her letters did arrive he was relieved. He would write to Peter Van Brugh Livingston and Lewis William Otto, but he did not know what to say. His health had not been very good due to the cold. On the 7th he wrote that today should be the day Susan gives birth and expressed his hopes and fears.

Author/Creator

John Kean (1755-1795)

Recipient

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

Creation Date

January 27-February 7, 1788

Document Type

Manuscript

Location

Location Unknown (presuambly 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, January 27-February 7, 1788

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