Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Wellington Chu, December 3, 1920


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Wellington Chu, December 3, 1920


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Wellington Chu, December 3, 1920


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Wellington Chu expressing his deep regret that Chu and Fang are unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary of Chinese students in America in order to attain the best education possible.


December 3, 1920
Mr. Wellington Chu
69 Pembroke Street,
Boston, Mass.

My dear Mr. Chu:

I have the letter of November 30th, signed by yourself and Mr.Feng. Needless to say, I do not feel competent to offer you any further advise in view of the way in which such little advice as I have attempted to give you in the past has been so totally disregarded. I can only express again the very deep and genuine regret I feel, and shall always feel, that you and your friend, unlike the vast majority of Chinese students it has been my privilege to know and deal with in the past, should have preferred to take the easier road to a lesser goal. Are Chinese boys as a whole have come to this country determined to make the most of their opportunities, and to secure the best in educational lines that the country could offer. To attain this they have been willing to work hard., and at times to make considerable sacrifices. It has been something of a shock and a very great disappointment as well, to find that you and your friend are apparently unwilling to make the sacrifices and put forth the necessary effort to insure admission to one of our highest institutions of learning, and hence be able at a later date to return to your own country best prepared to face and handle successfully the intricate and pressing problems which must be solved aright if your nation is not to become the victim of outside aggression and internal weakness. I still hope and pray that you may yet come to realize the weakness of your present course and may develop a higher purpose and a readiness to make the needed sacrifice before you lose touch with your American opportunity

Sincerely yours


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


December 3, 1920


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