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William Wilkie wrote from Charleston to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He hoped John received his previous letters and described how they were sent. James, an enslaved man, brought over the 10 horses and mares John wanted to sell. William said he enclosed the receipts for all except two that he would try again to sell Wednesday. He also enclosed a certificate for the Bank of New York that said Abram and Wilcox had deposited $300 for John Grives. John Grives endorsed it and when presented at the bank the money should be paid immediately.

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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 Archive, Kean University

William Wilkie to John Kean, September 30, 1789


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