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William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. Captain Thomson delivered to him John's letters for Mr. Johnston. Cland Thomson, the surveyor finished the warrants of the surplus land which must be perfected into grants for Jos. Gibbons. He wrote about various bonds and asked John what he did with the assignment of the judgment of Bryan v. Bowman. General Lincoln, Colonel Humphrey, Mr. Cyras Griffin had arrived as the Commission to negotiate with the Creeks and Mr. Franks and the Cherokee Cheifs accompanied the Commissioners. Stephens was pleased with the government's response. Captain Godfrey asked for $200 to rent out his whole ship and would go to Beaufort to discuss the matter with John.


William Stephens


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Savannah, GA


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

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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

William Stephens to John Kean, September 14, 1789


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