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Sarah Sabina Kean wrote from Butternuts, NY to Peter Kean, her husband, addressed to Ursino. She missed Peter greatly and spent a significant part of the letter describing their son John and how he has grown. She also gave updates on her and her family as well as when she expected to return.

People Included: General Jacob Morris, Mary Cox Morris, John Cox Morris, Jacob Morris, Jacob Morris Kean, John Kean, Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, Catherine Watts, Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Cornelia Livingston, Mr. Fennon, Thompson, Joe, Miss Dishking, Catherine Watts, Mr. and Mrs. Gouverneur Morris, Judge Benson

Places Included: Albany

Notable Quote: "We are in daily expectation of a visit from Judge Benson & Mr & Mrs Gouverneur Morris, the latter I shall not see I am determined not to keep such company, she s without exception the vilest woman I have ever heard of"


Sarah Sabina Kean, formerly Sarah Sabina Morris, and later Sarah Sabina Baker (1788-1878)

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 Elizabethtown, 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.


Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)

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Butternuts, Otsego County, NY


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

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 3


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Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Sarah Sabina Kean to Peter Kean, August 9, 1815


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