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Adolphus Eugene Watson wrote from the Highland School to Sarah Sabina Kean, addressed to Ursino, near Elizabethtown, NJ. Watson wrote in about John Kean, Sarah's son, in response to a letter Sarah had sent to Dr. Charles Beck. He wrote that John's academic performance had improved, however, he had a deep disgust for classical studies and would not make top marks because of that. He recommended Sarah change John's course of study.


Adolphus Eugene Watson


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

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Highland School, Cold Spring, NY


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 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. 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 3


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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Adolphus Eugene Watson to Sarah Sabina Kean, November 5, 1830


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