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William Wilkie wrote from Charleston to John Kean, addressed to New York, NY. He had not heard from John since he wrote by Captain Elliott. He was enclosing a second copy of the Bill of Exchange from William Crafts and Murray, Mumford, & Bowen, Merchants to make sure John had it. He received a shipment for John containing ravens, ducks, thread, and osanbrigs (a type of cheap, course linen usually used to make clothing for enslaved people). He wrote he would follow John's instructions for this shipment and that he sent the rest of it to him in New York. He also mentioned that the price of rice was not yet fixed.


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.

Inventory Location

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 Wilkie to John Kean, November 19, 1789


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