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Margaret Livingston wrote from Clermont to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. She congratualted him on the birth of his son, Peter Kean and talked about how divided different areas of New York were over the new Constitution. She sent John three green gage trees and a peach tree. Margaret was the daughter-in-law to John's wife, Susan Kean's, great uncle Robert Livingston.


Margaret Livingston, formerly known as Margaret Beekman (1718-1800)


John Kean (1755-1795)

Creation Date

Early 1788

Document Type



Clermont Estate, New York


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 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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Margaret Livingston to John Kean, 1788


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