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John Kean wrote to Susan Kean, unaddressed. Kean described the arrival of Spring and quoted Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Man: Epistle I. The drought that long afflicted South Carolina was easing but threatened fatal consequences to his crops. Kean visited his plantation fifteen miles from his then-current location (possibly Beaufort, South Carolina) where he planted rice. He had an orchard planted in 1785 before he left South Carolina that consisted of peach, pear, fig, lemon, orange, pomegranate, and quince trees. Kean planted 140 acres of rice and 120 acres of corn and potatoes. He still needed to plant about 30 acres of indigo and rice. The people who engaged with him to lease his Hilton Head estate would not comply with Kean’s terms and the bargaining ended. This disappointed him as he wanted to use the funds to pay his sister’s annuity. Asked Susan to borrow one thousand pounds in her State and if her Uncle Rutherford had any money to lend him. If her father could let her have five hundred pounds, Kean could then secure Susan the best tract of land in Georgia. This document is incomplete.

People mentioned: Peter Van Brugh Livingston, John Rutherford, and Jane (Grove) Corvaisier.


John Kean (1755-1795)


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

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Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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John Kean to Susan Kean, May 1, 1787