Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to C.L. Chow, August 9, 1924


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to C.L. Chow, August 9, 1924


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to C.L. Chow, August 9, 1924


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to C.L. Chow acknowledging the receipt of his recent letter and that he will be out of town during his planned visit to Andover. Wishes to know more of Chow's plans and whether or not he can possibly take a detour to visit him in New Hampshire.


Home Camp,
Pittsburg, N.H.
August 9, 1924

Mr. C.L.Chow
New York City,

My dear Mr. Chow,

Your telegram and your letter which followed were both forwarded to me from my Andover office. Needless to say I was much excited when they were received and I learned that you were in this country and planning a visit to Andover and your old school.

I left Andover the first of July for my summer vacation in this northern wilderness. It is a long journey, and I seldom find it possible to make the trip to Andover again until I pack up for good about the first of September and return for the new years work. I can’t bear to think of the possibility of missing you altogether, but as your letter did not tell me how long you are to be in this part of the world I am still hoping that our paths may be made to cross before you return to China. Indeed if you could see your way to make the long journey up into northern New Hampshire a warm and very friendly welcome would be awaiting you at Home Camp. Perhaps that is too much to hope, but I do most earnestly desire to see before the American visit ends. Please write me more fully about your plans and let me know if there is the slightest chance that you can get up here for a little visit. If that is out of the question I surely must see you in Andover in September if you are still in the country.

You have been often in my thoughts during recent years. Either a year or two years ago someone sent me a newspaper clipping announcing your arrival in America and giving what purported to be the substance of an interview with you. It was then about a week before the annual base ball game with Exteter and I at once reserved a ticket to that historic game for you and sought in every way to locate you. I telegraphed to the legation in Washington and got into touch with numerous Chinese friends, but no one could give me the slightest information as to your whereabouts. Finally I can me to the conclusion that the whole newspaper story must have been a myth. Anyway I heard nothing more of you or your whereabouts until your recent message reached me. And my disappointments was very great.

Do write me of your plans. If you can possibily see your way to run up here for a visit I shall be delighted and will send you promptly fully insrtuctions as how the trip may best be made.

With warm personal regard and the old time good will, believe me,

Very sincerely yours.


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


August 9, 1924


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