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Robert Barnwell wrote to John Kean, unaddressed. Barnwell informed Kean that they were busy in their melancholy preparations for the “Columbia penance” and believed he would set out for Columbia in a fortnight. Most inconvenient will be the tax bill and an Act respecting their paper medium. Did not doubt that the general want of accommodation will cause the investigation of private businesses. The Act would be an installment of the debt and make one-third payable while the remainder would be payable for the ensuing years. Mr. Geurard took his disposition to the “land of shades.” He was on his way to Charleston and was taken with an apoplexy and died within a few minutes. Maj. Wigg got married. Barnwell’s brother, John, and R. Elliott intended to live in Beaufort with Jacob Deveraux who also spoke of moving there. Barnwell’s mother returned her thanks for the apples. Compliments to Mrs. Kean, Peter, and all of their New York and New Jersey friends.


Robert Barnwell


John Kean (1755-1795)

Creation Date

circa December 1789

Creation Date


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

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Robert Barnwell to John Kean, circa December 1789