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D. DeSaussure in Charleston, SC wrote to John Kean, addressed to Philadelphia, PA. This was a cover letter for Alexander McQueen's certificates, to whom DeSaussure was an assignee in trust for his creditors. The author asked for John Kean's help in this matter. The letter also discussed issues concerning various banks and financial issues, especially regarding sovereign debt. People included: Capt. Art, Capt. Mitchell, Alexander McQueen, Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Jones. Places included: Baltimore, State of Georgia, United States, Philadelphia.


Daniel DeSaussure (1736-1798)


John Kean (1756-1795)

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Charleston, South Carolina


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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

D. DeSaussure to John Kean, May 2, 1792