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William wrote to John, addressed to New York via Sloop Jenny. William doesn't understand why Congress decided to more from New York to Philadelphia. William arrived in Augusta, GA and got very sick. He attended court and many matters were settled. He's concerned with expired tender, medium (money), taxation by the Legislature, State Debts, and British Debts. Crops appear plentiful. Regarding war with Spain and Britain, William suggested the U.S. "play Dutchman and milk the cow."

Names included: [John] Wereat (Auditor General of Georgia), Mrs. Box, and Mrs. Davies.


William Stephens


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 Stephens to John Kean, August 17, 1790


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