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Robert Barnwell wrote from Beaufort to John Kean, addresed to New York, NY. He wrote he was sorry to hear the damp weather was negatively affecting John's health. He had traveled to Hilton Head and checked on john's business there. Indigo was not doing well this season because of the draught and several other planters including Major Wiggs, B. Elliott, and Stoney were facing the same problem. He also mentioned that an enslaved man, who had previously been complaining of a pain in his stomach was unable to do any work and died from the affliction.


Robert Barnwell (1761-1814)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Beaufort, SC


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.

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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

Robert Barnwell to John Kean, August 27, 1788


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