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Joseph wrote to John, addressed to the Honorable John Kean, in Congress, no address. He responded to a letter from Kean, concerning the Salary of the Charge des Affairs at the Court of Madrid, it was left blank, but is now settled. The United States never fixed any salary for the Agent of Marine as the late Superintendent of Finance agreed to act in Cash Office. Mr. James Read acted as Secretary and Paymaster. He left the part of the civil establishment without offering any salary under the idea that no offices would immediately be appointed. Lists the salaries of multiple individuals.


Joseph Nourse (1754-1841)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Registers Office


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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Joseph Nourse to John Kean, June 9, 1785