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William Stephens wrote from Savannah, GA to John Kean, address not included. He was sending some newspapers in a packet for him to New York via Mr. Wilcox. He wrote that he was having a hard time collecting money that was owed John and wrote about bonds. He had put some of John's land for sale, but had no offers. Mr. Werecat was in Augusta regarding a property dispute between him and John Kean. Mr. Macqueck was traveling to Europe to procure a loan on land and enslaved people, but William doubted he would be successful. He also wrote about religion and political news.

People Included: Captain Pray, Mr. Campbell, W. Elliott, and Governor Booke.

Places Included: Charleston, SC and Philadelphia, PA.


William Stephens


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Savannah, GA


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 2, LHC Series 5


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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

William Stephens to John Kean, October 2, 1785


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