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Copies of the letters which passed between John Kean and Philip Peter Livingston, his brother-in-law, during the joint transaction between them. the majority of the letters are written from New York or Philadelphia and mentioned other family members such as Susan Kean and Sarah Ricketts. The last several letters are actually between Philip and his sister Susan Kean, John's wife. This was presumably because of John's failing health and death on May 4, 1795. The letters start on December 4, 1794, and end on July 1, 1795.


John Kean (1755-1795)

Philip Peter Livingston (1740-1810)

Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston, and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)


John Kean (1755-1795)

Philip Peter Livingston (1740-1810)

Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston, and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)

Creation Date

December 4, 1794- July 1, 1795

Document Type



Philadelphia, PA and 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

John Kean and Philip Livingston's Letterbook 1794-1795