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KNIGHT, Sarah, teacher, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 19 April, 1666; died near Norwalk, Connecticut, 25 December, 1727. Her father, Captain Thomas Kemble, was a merchant of Boston, and she married Richard Knight, who died about 1703. In 1706 she opened a school in Boston for children, and numbered among her pupils Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Mather. She is described as "excelling in the art of teaching composition," and, as a mark of respect, was called "Madam Knight." In 1713 she removed to Norwalk, Connecticut, and in the town-record is named as "taxed twenty shillings for selling strong drink to the Indians," but it is added " Madam Knight accuses her maid, Ann Clark, of the fact." Madam Knight's " Journey from Boston to New York in the Year 1704, from the Original Manuscript, including the Diary of the Reverend John Buckingham of a Journey to Canada in 1710" (New York, 1825; Albany, 1865), is a record from a diary in the author's own handwriting from notes recorded on the way. It is valuable as a history of the manners and customs of the time, and is full of graphic descriptions of the early settlements in New England and New York.
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