Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Poong Shan Look, November 9, 1921


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Poong Shan Look, November 9, 1921


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Poong Shan Look, November 9, 1921


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Poong Shan Look containing a list of expenditures made on behalf of his son King Look. Additionally, details the lackluster performance of King Look during the most recent semester, poor enough to not meet the scholarship requirements. Acknowledges that King Look needs more intensive guidance, the kind available at smaller schools.


November 9, 1921

Mr. Poong Shan Look
6 West Terrace
Hongkong, China

My dear Mr. Look:

I am enclosing herewith a statement showing your boy’s expenditures while he was at Andover, at least in so far as any disbursements have been made by me of the funds placed in my hands. The statement shows a balance in the boy’s favor of 311.43, American money, for which I have asked our local bank to furnish me the necessary draft on Hongkong. I enclose the same herewith and shall be pleased to have you acknowledge its receipt. The individual receipts for the various items mentioned are in my possession also and will be forwarded to you if desired.

King proved a very attractive fellow to deal with personally. He was always a gentleman and amenable to school discipline and rules. A lack of serious purpose, however, has been characteristic of him and his tendency to enjoy the full all social and material things with the accompanying readiness to spend money freely may be said to be his chief weakness; but once the boy has settled down to hard work in business or profession, I believe that the best traits of character, of which he has many, will come to the front and will aid him making for himself a career that will be successful and of real value to the world.

The report of the boy’s work for the spring term, which I enclose, indicates how far short King fell of meeting our scholarship requirements. We found it necessary to limit his work to two subjects that he might concentrate on these. Even this requirement proved out of his reach and you will note that the record is one of practically complete failure so far as scholastic accomplishment is concerned. The boy evidently needs closer personal supervision and more individual guidance than are possible in a large school such as ours. I hope that we may hear more gratifying reports of his progress in the days ahead.

Very sincerely yours.


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


November 9, 1921


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