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Philip Livingston wrote from New York, NY, to his brother-in-law, John Kean, addressed to Philadelphia, PA. Philip returned from a trip to his farm. He attended a meeting of the New York Directors (all but Mr. Watts attended). They decided to enquire of properties of certain houses on Wall Street, Queen Street, and Hanover Square to know the terms of rent and possession. Philip mentioned a house and "unassumable" debt from South Carolina.

Names included: Watson (Department Plates) and Bayard.


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


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 Archive, Kean University

Philip Livingston to John Kean, November 30, 1791


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