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Robert Livingston wrote from New York to John Kean, his cousin-in-law, address not included. He had been trying to sell the indigo John sent but had been unsuccessful. He gave Eliza Bayard money to buy some Sunday clothes for Susan Kean and was sending the furniture via freight to Mr. A. Chisolm. Mr. Cruckshanks said he was not able to finish the bookcase and bedstead and was unable to locate the kitchen table. He thanked John for his advice about an estate in Georgia and mentioned how there would be difficulty obtaining slaves and the price had gone up.

People Included: Captain Snell, G. Waine, and Mr. Seagrove.

Places Included: Charleston, SC, Beaufort, SC, and Elizabethtown, NJ.


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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Robert Livingston to John Kean, March 17, 1789


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