Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Shih Ching Lee, November 17, 1921


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Shih Ching Lee, November 17, 1921


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Shih Ching Lee, November 17, 1921


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Shih Ching Lee informing him of the receipt of his gift, a Chinese scroll painting, which Stearns greatly appreciates. Informs Lee that his son is a very satisfactory student at Phillips Academy.


November 17, 1921
Bank of China
Peking, China

My dear Mr. Lee

Your boy recently presented me with the valuable scroll embodying the beautiful work of one of your Chinese artists and for which I understand I am indebted to you. The painting already hangs in my parlor, and I cherish it among my most valued possessions. The generous thought which prompted you to remember me in this way is very deeply appreciated. I assure you, and I beg you to accept my hearty and sincere thanks both for the gift and for the evidence it will always carry with it of your friendly goodwill. One of the great regrets which I have always entertained since my visit to China, nearly ten years ago, has been that I failed to bring back with me some suitable sample of Chinese painting. The want has now been generously satisfied and I am, therefore, doubly happy.

May I take this opportunity to tell you what a most satisfactory member of our student body your boy has proved himself to be. His spirit has been of the finest and his enthusiasm is a delight to us all. It has been a real pleasure to have him with us and to feel that his character and influence have been of a kind that cannot prove otherwise than stimulating and helpful to the American boys with whom he has been thrown in intimate contact. Our boys have much to learn from the last, and it is good indeed to have in our midst such fine representatives of your great nation, among whom I rank your boy as one of the best,

Sincerely and gratefully yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


November 17, 1921


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