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Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote from New York to Susan Kean, his daughter, address not included. He and his wife, Elizabeth Livingston, are in New York visiting friends. He updated her on friends and family including the death of Aunt Provost and that Eliza Otto had begun to speak. There had been a poor harvest and many fruit trees were affected by the harsh winter. Elizabeth Livingston would try still to send peach and rose water. He wrote about political news including the formation of different government departments such as the Treasury. He sent a beaver hat and silver band for Susan's son, Peter Kean.

People Included: Mr. Wilcox, Mr. hugher, Lady Stirling, Brother Robert (Livingston ?), Peggy, Robert Barnwell, and Mr. B.


Peter Van Brugh Livingston (1712-1792)


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

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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 Archive, Kean University

Peter Van Brugh Livingston to Susan Kean, May 20, 1789


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