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Robert C. Livingston wrote from New York to John Kean, address not included.He had so far been unable to sell John's indigo. He gave some to Mr. Nixen at Burking Slip to try and sell. It was hard to sell because there was so much at market. Mr. Jay, Mr. Moses had been having a similar problem. He sent more Mr. Sebring and Mr. Van Wyck on the Albany dock to try and barter for NY Rum, tow cloth or Bohea Tea. He said that cotton sells well for exportation to England. He thanks John for consulting with him on the rice land in Georgia Robert was thinking of buying. The last page had news of their family and friends, Philip Livingston was elected Senator to New York Legislature, John M. Livingston married Miss McEvers, and Mr. J. Wilkes is to marry Miss Seton. He also mentioned Mr. Crukshank would forward John's furniture when it is finished


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, June 3, 1789


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