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Robert C. Livingston wrote from New York to John Kean, his cousin-in-law, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He had shipped john's furniture via Captain Snell to Mr. A. Chisolm. He was thinking of purchasing 100 acres in Georgia from Mr. Seagrove, but delayed his visit to November due to the weather. He was also sending a barrel of cider from Mrs. Livingston (possibly Margaret Livingston) ad enclosed a letter from her. The second page seems to be her letter where she wrote about the influx of people to town, availability of houses, and politics.

People Included: Captain Elliot, Mr. Eveleigh, Mrs. Montgomery, Mr. Jay, and Col Lewis.

Places Included: Elizabethtown, NJ, Ireland, and Claremont.


Robert Cambridge Livingston (1742-1794)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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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.

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

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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Robert C. Livingston to John Kean, April 17, 1789


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