Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Chang Pah Lung, October 27, 1920


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Chang Pah Lung, October 27, 1920


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Chang Pah Lung, October 27, 1920


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Chang Pah Lung expressing his sincerest sympathies for the recent and unexpected passing of his son, who was expected as a student at Phillips Academy. Stearns asks Lung what he wishes to do with the funds transferred over to America for his son.


October 27, 1920
Mr. Chang Pah Lung
c/o Russia-Astiatic Bank
Tientsin, China

My dear Mr. Chang:

I have delayed answering your two most recent letters, dated July 30th and August 7th in the expectation that I should be able to report the safe arrival of your boy. Within the last few days I have learned frow Arthur Sun, and the other Chinese boys here of your great and unexpected sorrow in the loss your son and I hasten to extend say deepest and most sincere sympathy to you in the hour of your bereavement. Since I had so fully expected to welcome the boy into my family circle the loss is brought very closely home to me, and 1 can express therefore, a much deeper and more genuine sympathy than would have been possible under ordinary circumstances. Your sorrow, in a very real measure, has touched my own life, and in a sense colored the atmosphere of my own home. Accept, please, this sincere but wholly inadequate expression of sympathy and good will.

Will you kindly instruct us just what you wish me to do in regard to the disposition of the money which you have placed in my hands, and which I had deposited to your son’s credit in our local bank, said sum amounting to $1,000. 00. I assume, of course, that you wish me to return the sum in question, and I am only wondering whether the transaction should be made at this time and under the existing exchange rates. I shall, of course, be governed entirely by your expressed wishes in the matter.

You will be interested, I am sure, to know that I have, under my own roof, four Chinese boys and one girl; the four Suns and An John Kung, a late comer, whose brother was with us last year. We are having repairs made on the house, and are living in a great deal of confusion at the present time, though within the next two or three weeks we hope to get settled down to a normal and much more satisfactory life. It is a real delight, however, to have these youngsters from the Orient in the family circle, and they are already helping me very materially to renew my youth. I cannot conceive how more acceptable members for my household could have been found. In a sense, of course, you are responsible for the fact that they are with me at this time, and hence I am doubly glad to able to send you this word of appreciation. I am glad also that these visitors are themselves happy in the arrangement.

Again assuring you of my deep sympathy in your great loss, and trusting that the privilege may yet be grunted of meeting you in person, believe me

Very sincerely yours


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


October 27, 1920


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