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Philip Livingston wrote from New York, New York to John Kean in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Livingston commented on Alexander Hamilton’s resignation from the Cabinet and noted it as being a public loss but advantageous to his own private account. Informed Kean he received four notes from him totaling $5,000 each, which was meant to be deposited into their joint accounts and equally divided between them. Livingston accepted Kean’s invitation to visit his home but feared being an inconvenience as Kean already had three guests and Livingston planned on bringing a white servant. Bank shares were dull, merchants were shipping specie by London ships, and the East India owners were drawing out all of the dollars they could. Observed Kean’s suggestion of establishing a Branch at Norfolk and planned to mention it at a proper opportunity. Thanks Kean for the information regarding Morris, Nicholson, & Greenleaf [land speculators] as Livingston was offered some of their papers on very advantageous terms. After Kean’s warning, Livingston vowed to be more careful and kept the information “entre nous” [between ourselves].


Philip Peter Livingston (1740-1810)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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New York, New York


Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Philip Livingston to John Kean, December 6, 1794


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