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William Stephens wrote to Savannah to John Kean, addressed to New York, NY. He had just returned from Augusta. He complained that all both houses had done this season was debate about what was to be done with the Western Territory. It was decided that it be sold to speculators, about 15,500,000 acres from $20,700. Williams was skeptical of this plan and thought it would worsen tensions with the Native Americans.

People Included: General Jackson, Mr. McGillaray, and Mr. Johnston


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.

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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

William Stephens to John Kean, December 30, 1789


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