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Philip Livingston wrote from New York, NY, to John Rutherfurd, addressed to Philadelphia, PA. He had heard via his sisters Sarah Ricketts and Susan Kean, that George Van Brugh Brown, a Captain in the British Army had arrived in Philadelphia from Jamaica. He had left his regiment in North Carolina and traveled north alone and most likely did not know anyone in the city. Philip referred to George as his cousin, but he is in fact the son of Philip's sister Mary. He asked John if he could introduce him to the British Charge des affairs, Mr. Bond. Philip's wife, Cornelia Livingston, made the same request of her sister's husband, Colonel Reade.


Philip Peter Livingston (1740-1810)


John Rutherfurd

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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.

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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 Archives, Kean University

Philip Livingston to John Rutherford, March 8, 1796


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