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David wrote to John Kean, no address, but likely Philadelphia, PA. David begins by talking about the legislature and elections. He says the importation of negros is prohibited for 2 years. David's name was included in the newspaper, but he isn't running. Names included: General Pinckney, John Hunter, General Winn, Commander Gillon, Colonel Benton, Dr. Meker, Mr. Smith, late Colonel Laurens, Fanny E. Laurens, young Mr. Laurens (who inherits 350 negros and settled lands, despite an earlier promise to his sister[?]), Mrs. Ramsey, and Nate Zanse [?]. He finished with a comment for "the equal rights of all."


David Ramsay (1749-1815)


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 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


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David Ramsay to John Kean, February 14, 1793


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