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Susan Kean wrote from Elizabethtown to John Kean, her husband, addressed to Beaufort, to the care of Alexander Chisholm, merchant, Charleston. She wrote about their son who was not yet named. She asked his opinion on the name Peter Philip James. She also said they needed to discuss where they would live in the summer and that Lewis William Otto was selling some of his furniture cheaply. She requested that he send some Sevil Orange trees to Sarah Ricketts. The first page is a modern note on the letter, noting that it was written on the 9th day after Peter Kean's Birth.


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


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Elizabethtown, County of Essex, NJ


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


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

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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Susan Kean to John Kean, March 7, 1788


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