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Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote from Elizabethtown to John Kean, addressed to Hanover Square, No. 3, New York, NY. He wrote that he received John Kean's letter, including the one for Mr. Rutherfurd which was given to Mr. Dayton to forward. He hoped that John and Susan's health was better, but said that Peter was doing fine. Eliza Otto was also with him and has grown her first tooth. He was unable to gift John the rent for the house and suggested they work on finding a smaller house and then seeing what could be done.


Peter Van Brugh Livingston (1712-1792)


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

Peter Van Brugh Livingston to John Kean, June 23, 1788


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