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John Kean wrote from Charleston to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. He had dinner with Mrs. I Rutledge, Mrs. R. Izard, Mrs. General Moultrie, Mrs. F. Kinloch and remarked how unfamiliar he is with his friends and home after such a long absence. He sent along with the letter a box of tree and flower roots and seeds for Sarah Ricketts.He told Susan to prepare to leave New York in late October

People Included: Catherine Keteltas Livingston, Mrs. Hamilton, Robert Barnwell, Silk, Tinker, Pickney, Samuel Franklin,


John Kean (1755-1795)


Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston, and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)

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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.

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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 Archive, Kean University

John Kean to Susan Kean, March 27, 1787


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