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Philip Livingston wrote from New York, NY, to his brother-in-law, John Kean, addressed to Philadelphia, PA. Philip consented to act as Justice to his sister, Susan, and nephew, Peter, and change a bond to his name. Philip returned from a trip to Philadelphia and arrived at Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts in Elizabethtown, where they ate a saddle of venison.

During that visit, Mr. Ricketts was arranging a legal agreement with Mr. Johnston and Mr. Brissett of Jamaica, regarding an Estate in Jamaica. Jackson, James Rickets and Peter Van Brugh Livingston (Philip's father) believed it was a good bargain for James. Philip's mother's Dower would receive the profit from the produce of the property. Peter Van Brugh Livingston's first wife was Mary Alexander, his second wife was Elizabeth Ricketts.

Philip said Mrs. Ricketts won't visit Philadelphia, PA, until Susan is settled in her new house. Philip inquired about John's position at the bank and wanted more information.


Philip Peter Livingston (1740-1810)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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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

Philip Livingston to John Kean, November 11, 1791


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