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Robert Barnwell wrote from Beaufort to John Kean, addressed to New York. In the opening of the letter he mentioned a favor he had requested in a previous letter. In the rest, he largely wrote about plantation life and crops, specifically indigo, corn, and potatoes. He wrote that she sold several enslaved people, Prim, Wally, Limshour (?), Amelie, and Nago (?), as John instructed and lists their names and the sale price. He also mentioned having to get shoes for enslaved people. In the second half of the letter he wrote about politics and a matter involving his brother, John Barnwell. It appears there are some missing pages between pages 4 and 5 of the letter.

People Included: Susan Kean, Major W. Elliott, D. Pringle, T. Tailbird, George Heipp, Jacob Greenard, Banjamin Reynolds, John Cob, Elizabeth Gough, Polly Gough, James Ricketts, Sarah Ricketts, Nancy Bayard, Betsey Bayard, Miss Griffin, William Wilkie, Stoney, Captain Elliott, G. Charleston, and Desaupare.

Places Included: Charleston, SC, Hilton Head, and Paris Island.

Author/Creator

Robert Barnwell (1761-1814)

Recipient

John Kean (1755-1795)

Creation Date

11-20-1789

Document Type

Manuscript

Location

Beaufort, SC

Collection

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

Rights

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 lzimmerm@kean.edu.

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Robert Barnwell to John Kean, November 20, 1789

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