Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Dr. Paul Reinsch, December 2, 1920


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Dr. Paul Reinsch, December 2, 1920


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Dr. Paul Reinsch, December 2, 1920


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Dr. Paul Reinsch expressing his dilemma over the return of tuition, room, and board to Chu and Fang. Stearns feels that a good portion of the money should be returned given the students' short stay at Andover, but feels that since the students are going against their parents' best wishes in leaving the school to seek education out West, the money wouldn't be spent wisely.


December 2, 1920
Dr. Paul Reinsch
Southern Building
Washington D.C.

My dear Dr. Reinsch:

Since my last letter to you I have been wondering just what ought to be done with the money naturally due Messrs Chu and Fang in the way of rebate. When the boys first came to us they made the customary payment on room, board and tuition. In view of their short stay, and although they put us to very serious inconvenience in some ways by their erratic actions. I cannot help feeling that a good part of this money should be returned. I have hesitated, however, to send it to the boys direct, because I have felt that they were not carrying out their parents’s wishes at the time, and that it would not be wise for them to have on hand any more free spending money than necessary.

A letter received only yesterday and signed by both of the beys, tells me that they have been tutoring in Boston, but that owing to the high costs of things there they have decided to go west and enter some small college probably after Christmas. I am afraid these two youngsters need at this moment a pretty stiff hand over them if they are not to make a bad mess of their American life and education. I shall deeply appreciate any suggestions you may care to make as to the proper disposition of the money in question.

Very sincerely yours.


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


December 2, 1920


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