George Abbott Hall08-26-1789
George Abbott Hall wrote from Charleston to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He sent an enclosure that he had received previously with directions to forward it with all possible dispatch. The enclosed document is no longer with the letter. The subject written on the outside of the letter was "On Public Service".
John B. Holmes08-07-1789
John B. Holmes wrote to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He wrote regarding property and debt, he mentioned having heard of a situation from Alexander Chisolm and said John should have Mr. Rose the clerk sign and seal the attached document.
Daniel Huger wrote from Charleston to Susan Kean, address not included. He wrote that he hoped to visit her and John Kean, her husband before deaprting for New York, but was not sure if that would be possible. He shared news of several weddings including, Alida Livingston and General Armstrong, Mrs. General Scott and Mr. Miers, and Mr. C. Apthorp's second daughter and Dr. Williamson. He also wrote that Mrs. Jarvis died and Charlotte White had consumption.
John Kean wrote from Beaufort to Jacob Read, addressed to Charleston, SC.He wrote saying he was sending by Alexander Chisolm an assignment of judgement from Jonathan Bryan to him recovered against Mr. Bowman and a protested bill of Colonel Serf's. He said if there was a problem recovering the judgment it could be sent to William Stephens in Savannah. He also sent a note of A. McQueen's.
Richard Keating wrote to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. John had previously written asking him to pay his bond by the 20th. Keating wrote that he tried to collect debts owed to him to pay but was unsuccessful. He offered instead 15 or 20 barrels of rice when the harvest came in.
John Robert Livingston01-21-1789
John R. Livingston wrote from New York to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort. He enclosed several letters for John Kean to deliver to the newly elected Senators from South Carolina. He mentioned the Secretary of the Senate position which was currently held by M.C. Thompson. General Armstrong married Livingston's sister, Mrs. Scott became Mrs. Meyer, and Doctor Williamson married Mr. A[?]'s second daughter. Robert Barnwell informed him Kean was in Beaufort, not Charleston so he enclosed a letter to Mr. Huger as well.
Margaret Livingston wrote from Cleremont to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. she had received his letter and the oranges he sent and expressed her gratitude. she was also glad that he, Susan, and their son arrived safely as there was a big storm the day after they left New York which caused everyone to fear for their safety. Her daughter Alida Livingston married General Armstrong and all Margaret's children except Johnny were there.
Margaret Livingston wrote from Clermont Estate to John Kean, addressed to New York. She wrote she was glad to hear of John's improved health and his and his family's return to New York. She wrote about the Tillolson (?) family that had been experiencing a lot of health problems. She wrote that only Mrs. Tillolson and one enslaved man were healthy at one point. Her husband and children, Robert and Mary, were all sick and three enslaved women were giving birth at once.
People Mentioned: Mrs. Lewis, Joanna, T, Peggy, General Armstrong, Mrs. Armstrong, and Mrs. De LaForest.
Peter Van Brugh Livingston06-22-1789
Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote from Elizabethtown to John Kean, his son-in-law, address not included. He recieved several letters, most recently being from delivered by Mr. Houston. He wrote that he did not have much to say but as he had the opportunity to send a letter with Robert Barnwell, would write to let them know the family was all well. Peter applied to President George Washington for a position for John, the one that Mr. Baldwin resigned from. Sarah Ricketts was sending a letter to Susan Kean that would tell them more about the family.
Peter Van Brugh Livingston03-13-1789
Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote from Elizabethtown to John Kean, address not included. He wrote that he had received John's letters. Winter was ending and he was looking forward to leaving the house as he and Elizabeth Livingston, his wife, had been confined there all winter. James Ricketts, Sarah Ricketts, and their children are all doing well, but Sarah sometimes complains of pain in her side.
Peter Van Brugh Livingston I04-16-1789
Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote from Elizabethtown to Susan Kean, his daughter, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He is glad to hear she, John Kean, and their son Peter Kean are doing well. He had a visit from Susan's brother, presumably Philip Livingston, on his way from Albany to Amboy. He mentioned that the family had lost a lot of assets during the Revolutionary War.
Peggy Bayard, Eliza Bayard, Robert Livingston, Sarah Ricketts, Eliza Otto, and Mrs. L
Peter Van Brugh Livingston I01-16-1789
Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote from Abyssinia to Susan Kean, his daughter, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He was happy to hear of her, John Kean, and Peter Kean's safe arrival in Charleston from New York.His wife, Elizabeth Livingston had been ill and he had not left the house since Christmas. He also remarked that he was in debt to Dr. Ramsey for his attention to Susan when she gave birth to Peter.
Peter Van Brugh Livingston05-20-1789
Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote from New York to Susan Kean, his daughter, address not included. He and his wife, Elizabeth Livingston, are in New York visiting friends. He updated her on friends and family including the death of Aunt Provost and that Eliza Otto had begun to speak. There had been a poor harvest and many fruit trees were affected by the harsh winter. Elizabeth Livingston would try still to send peach and rose water. He wrote about political news including the formation of different government departments such as the Treasury. He sent a beaver hat and silver band for Susan's son, Peter Kean.
People Included: Mr. Wilcox, Mr. hugher, Lady Stirling, Brother Robert (Livingston ?), Peggy, Robert Barnwell, and Mr. B.
Philip Livingston wrote from New York to John Kean, his brother-in-law, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He thanked John for his letter sent by Robert Barnwell and for confirming that Alexander Chisolm could be trusted with his affairs regarding Mr. Bay. He would have sent the letter of attorney with Barnwell, but his accounts were in the country. He wrote that the family at Elizabethtown were all well and sent his love to Susan Kean, his sister, and Peter Kean, his God son.
Robert Cambridge Livingston04-17-1789
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 Livingston02-28-1789
Robert C. Livingston wrote from New York to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He had received letters from John and Alexander Chisolm via Captain Snell. Chisolm's letter included a Bill of Loading for indigo, but the barrels of indigo had not arrived yet. He mentioned Miss Bayard was looking for tea for John that had been paid for previously and Robert was looking for a ship to transport John's furniture to him. He thanked John for his input on buying rice lands from Mr. Seagrove. The last page of the letter briefly summarizes the election results for New York.
People Included: Mr. Cruchshantas, Mr. Rutherford, Mr. Clinton, Colonel Franks, Kitty Bayrd, James Ricketts, Sarah Ricketts, John Laurens, Mr. Lawrence, Susan Kean
Robert Cambridge Livingston07-20-1789
Robert C. Livingston wrote from Manor of Livingston to John Kean, Beaufort, SC. He thanked John for his advice on purchasing land in Georgia. He said that next winter he hoped to travel down to Savannah. He thought to the warmer weather would be good for his health and asked John how his was.
Robert Cambridge Livingston06-03-1789
Robert C. Livingston wrote from New York to John Kean, address not included.He had so far been unable to sell John's indigo. He gave some to Mr. Nixen at Burking Slip to try and sell. It was hard to sell because there was so much at market. Mr. Jay, Mr. Moses had been having a similar problem. He sent more Mr. Sebring and Mr. Van Wyck on the Albany dock to try and barter for NY Rum, tow cloth or Bohea Tea. He said that cotton sells well for exportation to England. He thanks John for consulting with him on the rice land in Georgia Robert was thinking of buying. The last page had news of their family and friends, Philip Livingston was elected Senator to New York Legislature, John M. Livingston married Miss McEvers, and Mr. J. Wilkes is to marry Miss Seton. He also mentioned Mr. Crukshank would forward John's furniture when it is finished
Robert Cambridge Livingston03-17-1789
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 Morris wrote from Philadelphia to James Brown, addressed to Richmond, VA. Robert had recently returned from New York and thanked Brown for his letter and the honor shown to Mr. Cathringon. The rest of the letter is about business and he mentioned he will consult with Alexander Donald and Mr. Richard.
Receipt from W. Norton to John Kean. The receipt stated that John Kean paid 188.22 pounds towards his bond with W. Norton.
William Norton wrote from St. Helena to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC regarding money John owed him on a bond. He wrote that he enclosed a statement and receipts, however these were no housed with the original letter.
Lewis William Otto04-21-1789
Lewis William Otto wrote from New York to Susan Kean, his sister-in-law, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He wrote that he had written both Susan and her husband, John, several letters and did not know why they were not delivered. Hw would send future letters with Mr. Huger. George Washington was due to arrive in the city soon and everyone was excited Otto's daughter Eliza was going to come into the city for the festivities. Many people in society were trying to find him a new wife but Otto felt it would not be fair to another woman or to the memory of his late wife Elliza Livingston. He mentioned that Sarah Ricketts and Peter Van Brugh Livingston were both doing well and it was expected Philip Livingston would be a senator from New York.
Lewis William Otto06-12-1789
Lewis William Otto wrote from New York to Susan Kean, his sister-in-law, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He is still unsure of when he will return to Europe. Sarah Ricketts was not happy with his decision to take his daughter, Eliza Otto, with him. Despite rumors, he wrote he is not looking for another wife and is mortified people think he could so easily forget his first wife. He wrote that Abyssinia, the Rickett's house in Elizabethtown, seemed to be the country seat of Congress as they have so many guests. Sarah Ricketts was expected in give birth in a few months.He thought John Kean was happy to be out of the bustle of political life and that it had an ill effect on his health.
People Included: Mr. Griffin, Major Butler, Mr Houston, The Bayard Family, Mrs. De laForest
Lewis William Otto06-23-1789
Lewis William Otto wrote from New York to Susan Kean,his sister-in-law, address not included. Mr. Houston had told him about in room in the house in Beaufort which Susan and her husband John called "Mr. Otto's room". He regretted that he was unable to visit them, but his stay in America is still uncertain. Robert Barnwell was leaving for South Carolina, the two became better antiquated while in Elizabethtown. Eliza Otto is growing, but according to Mr. Houston, Peter Kean is bigger. Mrs. Bell's sister died, Lewis said she died of a broken heart caused by the "infamous conduct of her husband" who was in Ireland. J. Livingston married Eliza McEvers and there are rumors of Susan Livingston marrying Col. Clarkson, but these were most likely untrue. George Washington was sick, but was now recovering.
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