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Sarah Sabina Kean wrote from Ursino to John Kean, her son, addressed to Highland School, Cold Spring, Putnam County, NY. Sarah was sure that John should continue to pursue classical studies after consulting with other people. She said that he was just a smart as other boys and just needed to work harder. She also admonished him for writing in a letter to his sister, Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean that he did not respect one of his teachers. There is a short note from Susan Ursin Niemcewicz on the back asking him to visit soon.

People Included: Charles Beck, Col. Thayer, Mr. Kemlse, Dr. Stevens, John Rutherford, Mr. Baker

Places Included: New York


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


John Kean (1814-1895)

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Ursino, 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 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.

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 3


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 Archive, Kean University

Sarah Sabina Kean to John Kean, November 24, 1830


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