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Peter Kean wrote from Beaufort, South Carolina to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, his mother, in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. He describes to her his journey from Charleston and arrival in Beaufort. He discusses at length possible plans for the property he has inherited and what its value is. He plans to go to the property in Georgia after South Carolina. He asks her to send copies of releases right away to him.

People Included: Robert Barnwell, John Barnwell, Mrs. Barnwell, Judge Grimke, Mr. Greyson, Philip Peter Livingston, Mr. Jay, Mrs. Bells

Places Included: New York, Albany, Parris Island, Georgia,


Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)


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

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Charleston, SC


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 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. 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 2, 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 Archive, Kean University

Peter Kean to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, December 28, 1808


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