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Jacob wrote to John, addressed to New York, via Merrs G. Vanhorns [?]. Jacob wrote about John Pritchard (the goaler) concerning a bond paid to Samuel Grove before the war, with Hughe, Edwards, and Mull acting as creditors, regarding Mr. Grove's purchase of enslaved people Billy and Bella, and an enslaved child, Paddy, in 1774. Names included: Reynold, Mrs. Rammadge (demands money to pay a debt to Roger [illegible]), Calhoun, Mrs. Grove, Colonel Barnwell, and Ralph Elliot. He finished with a good weather report.


Jacob Read


John Kean (1755-1795)

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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

Jacob Read to John Kean, June 22, 1788


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