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Peter Kean wrote from Beaufort, SC to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, his mother, addressed in Elizabethtown, NJ. He discusses the difficulties he is having doing business, the prospect of returning to South Carolina in the fall to become a planter, and the route he will take home.

People Included: John Barnwell, Judge Grimke, Shubricks

Places Included: Savannah, Parris Island, Charleston, Fayetville, NC, Philadelphia, New York


Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)


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

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Beaufort, 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 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 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 Archives, Kean University

Peter Kean to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, April 17, 1809


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