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The following document is Peter Kean’s Farewell Address to Basking Ridge School. Peter expressed his thanks to the gentlemen for their kind instructions and good advice and to his fellow companions in the pursuits of literature for their civility towards him. Peter also quoted a Latin phrase from Horace “Doctrina sed vim promovet insitam / Rectique cultus pectora roborant.” Peter translated that to “an observation made by a man as distinguished for a sound mind as he was for writing elegantly. These observation will be found very elegant yet as true as they are elegant for where is the man who posseses a strong mind that will not strengthen it by reading & who is there that posseses a Philosophick breast that will not greatly fortify it by learning.”

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Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)

Creation Date

circa 1804

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

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 2


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Peter Kean Farewell Address to Basking Ridge School, circa 1804