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Grimke wrote to John Kean, addressed to New York via Captain Tillinghunt [?], Sloop Lady Haley. He has a great deal to say, in a philosophical and roundabout way, including some gossip. Topics include: printer in Philadelphia, National Expenditure and Revenue (a Mr. -- grossly miscalculated information), Hamilton's Report reached South Carolina, warm winter weather, Continental Oaths (refusal), creating laws, state debt, Congress, and acting as deputy adjutant general of the Southern Department, and it is race week. Names included: Lady and Knox, E. Rutledge, Barnwell, Izard, Smith, Tucker, Gernal Howe, General Lincoln, and Major Hyrne.


John Faucheraud Grimke (1752-1819)


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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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

John Faucheraud Grimke to John Kean, February 20, 1790


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