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John Kean in Philadelphia, PA wrote to Herman LeRoy, addressed to New York, NY. This letter concerned both personal and financial issues. John offered to send his books to Herman to compare them. People included: Mr. Rivington, Gerard Walton, Messrs. Craigs, Mr. Bayard, Mrs. Kean, Mrs. LeRoy, Peter, Cornelia [Bayard], Kitty [Bayard], Herman Bayard, Kitty Bayard. Places included: Cortland Street, Broadway, [Columbia University] College. Notable quote: "Peter says he must not be forgotten but that you must kiss both Cornelia + Kitty for him shake hands with Herman + tell Kitty Bayard that if he was big enough he would make love to her." [Peter was four years old].


John Kean (1756-1795)


Herman LeRoy (1758-1841)

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Philadelphia, PA


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

John Kean to Herman LeRoy, June 22, 1792


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