Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to J.E. Bennet, October 22, 1925


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to J.E. Bennet, October 22, 1925


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to J.E. Bennet, October 22, 1925


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to J.E. Bennet detailing the record of T.Y. Lee as a student at Phillips Academy. Includes Stearns' praising assessment of Charlie Sun and his belief that a good fraternity will grab him shortly into his Amherst studies.


October 22, 1925
Psi U House
Amherst, Mass.

My dear Brother Bennet:

I am very grateful to you for your letter of October 20. Let the good work go on. We will all be ready to offer further congratulations as you climb the ladder.

I don’t know just what to say about T. Y. Lee. He was here for two years 1920-1921 and 1921-1922. His scholarship was far from strong, though, on the whole, he did pretty well for a foreigner. His general record was all that could be desired, but I can’t recall that he made any very deep impression on the student body. What he may have done or to what extent he may have developed since that time, I am in no position to judge, for he was not one of my personal wards, as so many of our Chinese boys in the last twenty-five years have been. All I can say is that there was certainly nothing in the Andover record that could be counted against the boy and that it would be only fair, therefore, to judge him on the later record with which you are in closer contact and personally familiar.

In this connection let me say that you will make no mistake to keep your eyes on Charlie Sun, a Chinese boy in the freshman class this year. I have dealt at first hand with considerably over a hundred of these Chinese boys, and of all that group, some of whom have made very distinguished records for themselves in the higher institutions, I know of none who outranks in character and real worth this particular youngster. He lived in my own house for several years, is my personal ward still, and consequently I have had a pretty good opportunity far sizing him up. There is nothing aggressive about him, but he is one of those fellows who wins increasing respect and admiration the more one gets to know him. I shall be much surprised if some good fraternity does not grab his before he has gone far in his Amherst course, and I should naturally like to see his, if such a contact proved congenial to all concerned, in my old crowd.

Faithfully yours.


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


October 22, 1925


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