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Robert C. Livingston wrote from New York to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He had received letters from John and Alexander Chisolm via Captain Snell. Chisolm's letter included a Bill of Loading for indigo, but the barrels of indigo had not arrived yet. He mentioned Miss Bayard was looking for tea for John that had been paid for previously and Robert was looking for a ship to transport John's furniture to him. He thanked John for his input on buying rice lands from Mr. Seagrove. The last page of the letter briefly summarizes the election results for New York.

People Included: Mr. Cruchshantas, Mr. Rutherford, Mr. Clinton, Colonel Franks, Kitty Bayrd, James Ricketts, Sarah Ricketts, John Laurens, Mr. Lawrence, Susan Kean


Robert Cambridge Livingston (1742-1794)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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New York, NY


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 Archives, Kean University

Robert C. Livingston to John Kean, February 28, 1789


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