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William Stephens in Savannah, GA wrote to John Kean, unaddressed. The letter discussed the Federal court decision regarding the confiscation of British debts. There was also the issue of a case involving the bonds of Kelsall & Spalding, which concerned continental currency payments. The letter discussed the state supreme court and the issue of John Kean's books. This letter also concerned loans and a bill of lading concerning rice. People included: Judge Iredell, Judge Pendleton, Kersall, Spalding, Rose, Porteons, O'Byren, Wade, Mr. Read, Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Kean. Places included: Federal Court.


William Stephens (1752-1819)


John Kean (1756-1795)

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Savannah, Georgia


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 to 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 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

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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

William Stephens to John Kean, April 30, 1792


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