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William wrote to John Kean, no address, but located in Philadelphia, PA. William updates John about a verdict against him by Mr. Wereat. There was a miscalculation of interest and the case must go to trial again in February. William is working with Livingston and Mr. Barnwell to defend John. William was threatened by Mr. S (illegible) and Dr. Chamings. He also mentions Mr. Begans property sold, there are very few banknotes in this part of the country, and Tom Mills is on his way to Philadelphia, PA.


William Stephens


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 1686-1847. 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 prominent colonial and early American families in New Jersey, especially Elizabeth-Town, 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.

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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William Stephens to John Kean, January 20, 1793