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John Faucheraud Grimke, from Charleston, SC, wrote to Susan Kean, unaddressed. Grimke wrote to Mrs. Kean about a statement from the South Carolina Treasurer on the interest and principal of bonds. He suggested Federal bonds were more profitable. Grimke advised disposing of it because of the low rates. The letter discussed Santee Canal and the Catawba Canal issues. He advised that they avoid further investment in the canals if they failed to receive a profit in the following year after the interest expired. People included: Peter Kean, State Treasurer, Mr. Barnwell, Mr. Kean. Places included: Catawba Canal, Santee Canal, South Carolina.


Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)

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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 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.

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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 Faucheraud Grimke to Susan Kean, June 8, 1796


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