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Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote from Elizabethtown to John Kean, his son-in-law, address not included. He recieved several letters, most recently being from delivered by Mr. Houston. He wrote that he did not have much to say but as he had the opportunity to send a letter with Robert Barnwell, would write to let them know the family was all well. Peter applied to President George Washington for a position for John, the one that Mr. Baldwin resigned from. Sarah Ricketts was sending a letter to Susan Kean that would tell them more about the family.


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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Peter Van Brugh Livingston to John Kean, June 22, 1789


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