Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to P.Y. Liang, January 17, 1918


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to P.Y. Liang, January 17, 1918


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to P.Y. Liang, January 17, 1918


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to P.Y. Liang acknowledging the receipt of Liang's application to Phillips Academy and notifies Liang of potential complications and challenges in enrolling mid-semester to the school. Expresses that is Liang wants to enroll mid-semester, the sooner the better.


17 January, 1918
Mr. P.Y.Liang
Keystone Academy
Factoryville, Pa.

My dear Mr. Liang:

I have this morning received your two letters of January 14th and January 15th and your formal application for admission to Phillips Academy. We regularly drop a few boys at the close of the fall term, a larger number indeed than is generally admitted at the opening of the winter term. This year a few boys have recently left us to take up military services, hence we have several vacancies in the school at the present time. So far as our accommodations are concerned therefore we can and will be glad to welcome you and your friends.

The question which chiefly concerns me relates to you previous school work and your chances of meeting successfully our scholarship requirements here. It is not easy to adjust a newcomer’s schedule to our own scheme of work when the adjustment has to be made in the middle of a school year. If you are willing to leave the final arrangement of the schedule in our hands, we will, of course, do the best we can for you; though we cannot promise to continue in all cases the subjects you have been studying to date. The catalogue, which I am mailing you under separate cover contains full information as to the nature and extent of our various courses of study.

If you decide to enter the school it is important that you should do so at the earliest moment. The essential requirement for admission is a satisfactory record from your last school. Re assume that all newcomers will be able to provide the customary letters of honorable dismissal and submit evidence shewing that they are leaving their previous schools for good and sufficient reasons.

We have six Chinese boys in the school this year. By a queer coincidence the last letter I opened in this morning’s mail before reaching yours was that of an old Chinese friend of mine,now living in Hong- kong, who graduated from this school some thirty-five years ago, and a man who entertained me royally several years ago when I traveled in China.

Please let me hear from you promptly in ease you decide to
change schools at this time and satisfactory arrangements can be made, so that you may be able to start at the earliest possible date under the new conditions

Very sincerely yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


January 17, 1918


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