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John Kean wrote from Beaufort to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. He wrote that he had just returned from Hilton Head, where he had sent his enslaved people. He described the island's location in relation to the various rivers and sounds that surround it. He sent Susan some hair powder made with white potato that grows in South Carolina. He was staying with Captain Barnwell's mother and her daughter Mrs. Cuthbert. He had not heard from Houston in Georgia but, heard that Georgia ratified the new government and that General Jackson was elected Governor. He expected to hear from Susan that Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New Jersey ratified the Constitution soon. South Carolina's legislature was meeting on the matter.

Author/Creator

John Kean (1755-1795)

Recipient

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

Creation Date

1-18-1788

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, January 18, 1788

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