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Beaumanoir De Laforest wrote from New York to Susan Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. She had received a letter from Susan's husband, John Kean, and was glad to hear of her and her son Peter Kean's health. She said it was the talk of the town that Peter may have a little brother soon. She also mentioned that her daughter Caroline de la Forest had been inoculated for Small Pox. John Adams and George Washington were soon expected in New York and there was going to be a ball and fireworks.

People Included: Mrs. Everly, Mr. Huges, Miss De Crevecoues, Lewis William Otto, and Eliza Otto.


Beaumanoir De Laforest


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

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New York, NY


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


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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Beaumanoir De Laforest to Susan Kean, April 19, 1789


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