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William Wilkie wrote from Charleston to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. Since his last letter sent via Dr. Campbell, he heard back from Captain Tucker who declined to take the Keans to New York. He asked Captain Keen, but would not have an answer until Monday. He suspected he would decline as he was involved with trade between charleston and Georgetown. He received the order addressed to Mr. Chisolm, however, the man who it was from's rice had not sold and the order could not be paid until it was. He would write again by Mr. Elliott after he heard from Keen.


William Wilkie


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Charleston, 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


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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

William Wilkie to John Kean, September 18, 1789


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