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John Kean wrote from New York, NY, to Elizabeth (Eliza) Livingston, Bath, New Lebanon, care of P. Sylvester, Kinderhook, NY. John wrote about Eliza's sister, Susan, who later he married in 1786. He wrote candidly that Susan was his enemy, who consulted with Dutch Ambassador Minister [Pieter Johan] van Berckel and Spain’s Encargado de Negocios [Diego Maria de] Gardoqui in her schemes. He comforted Eliza about a situation not clear stated, possibly homesickness. He referenced Mr. John Gay's fables.


John Kean (1755-1795)


Elizabeth "Eliza" Livingston, later Elizabeth "Eliza" Otto (1761-1787)

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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 1, LHC Series 1


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John Kean to Eliza Livingston, August 12, 1785


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