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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.


Robert Barnwell (1761-1814)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Beaufort, SC


Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Robert Barnwell to John Kean, November 20, 1789


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