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Benjamin Harrison wrote from Brandon, VA to an unknown person, presumably Alexander Donald, address not included. He sent some open letters for Alexander to read and said he was not very careful forwarding them to Burton because he felt like they were close friends. He mentioned Alexander coming to visit and said to bring Mr. Brown and that Manson was coming. He also mentioned that he would send oysters.


Benjamin Harrison (1742-1807)


Alexander Donald

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Brandon, VA


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 2, LHC Series 5


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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Benjamin Harrison to Alexander Donald, December 12, 1785


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