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Robert Barnwell wrote to an unknown person. He wrote about his inability to make payments on time. He wrote that there had been crop failures that made it impossible for him to submit payments on time. He also referenced a previous payment that was acknowledged in a letter he received from John Kean on June 15, 1794. It is possible the letter is being written to Susan Kean after her husband, John Kean's death, or to John Kean shortly before his death in 1795. This is a partial letter.


Robert Barnwell (1761- 1814)


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

John Kean (1755-1795)

Creation Date

After 1794

Document Type



Location Unknown (presumably Beaufort, SC)


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 Barnwell to Unknown Person, c. 1794