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Various letters written by Peter Kean from Albany and Elizabethtown to business partners and friends. Some of the letters deal with the management and sales of his property in South Carolina and Georgia while some are personal correspondence. The majority of the letters are written from Elizabethtown, NJ with some on the earlier ones being written from Albany, NY.

Recipients Include: William Palmer, Robert Barnwell, William Jay, William Stephens, Richard W. Habersham, J. V. Henry, James M. Wayne, John Barnwell, Jacob Southerland, Maria, John Faucheraud Grimke, Bleeker & Biqurik


Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)

Creation Date

July 29, 1809- June 11, 1810

Document Type



Albany, NY, Elizabethtown, County of Essex, NJ


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.

Inventory Location

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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Peter Kean's Letterbook, July 29, 1809- June 11, 1810