Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. Thomas S. Platt, June 15, 1915


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. Thomas S. Platt, June 15, 1915


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. Thomas S. Platt, June 15, 1915


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Thomas S. Platt. Willing to grant scholarship aid to Platt's friend. Asks how much outside work student is willing to take as scholarship aid applies to tuition. States examinations are not important for foreigners. Will assess student and arrange work accordingly. Will be out of the office July and August, but assistants will be able to help.


June 15, 1915.
Mr. Thomas S. Platt
Care S. S. "China"
Pacific Hail Steamship Co.
San Francisco, Cal.

My dear Mr. Platt:

I have your letter of May 13th and have read carefully its contents. If your friend is a promising student we shall be very glad indeed to accept him and to grant him scholarship aid. Just how far he would care or be able to take up outside work such as most of our scholarship boys pursue in their efforts to earn their way through the school, is a question. Our scholarship aid would extend in any case to the boy’s tuition, and we would be only too glad to help him so far as possible in finding work outside.

The Chinese boys in the school and those who have been here recently have done exceptionally well. Three of them carried off some of our very best prizes this last Commencement season, and that in competition with fellows in one of the best Senior classes this school has ever turned out. Frankly, I am always glad to add to this delegation of Orientals, for 1 believe that it means much, both to them and to our American boys, to have this close, intimate, and friendly contact between representatives of the two races.

We attach little importance to examinations when foreigners are concerned. In all such cases we are accustomed to try the boys out for a time and find out where they properly belong, and then arrange their work accordingly. Consequently your friend need have no anxiety on the score of examinations. We will take your word for the classification which he ought to attempt, at the start, and if readjustments are necessary will make them in due season.
I expect to be away from Andover during July and August, but one of my assistants will be at the office, and my letters addressed to me there will be carefully and promptly answered. If you or your friend should decide to visit Andover you will find someone ready to show you about and do everything in their power to aid you in completing arrangements for the boy’s admission.

I certainly hope that he will plan to come to us.

Very sincerely yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


June 15, 1915


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