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William wrote to John, addressed to New York by Captain Snell. Names included: Chisholm, Maxwell, Nuville, Robert Barnwell. Topics included: Loan Office Certificates, decrease in John's agriculture and textile prices, specifically indigo, rice, and the textiles ravens duck, ozanbrig [osenberg/osnaburg], frequently used to make clothes for enslaved people, and thread. William says the "paper money medium of this state is looked on as very good."


William Wilkie


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 1686-1847. 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 prominent colonial and early American families in New Jersey, especially Elizabeth-Town, 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.

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

William Wilkie to John Kean, February 16, 1790


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