Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Chang Pah Lung, September 9, 1920


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Chang Pah Lung, September 9, 1920


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Chang Pah Lung, September 9, 1920


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Chang Pah Lung expressing his excitement at the upcoming arrival of the Chinese students to Phillips Academy for the upcoming school year. Informs Chang of the receipt of $1000.00 set aside for his son's credit.


9 September, 1920
Mr. Chang Pah Lung
Russia-Asiatic Bank
Tientsin, China.

dear Mr. Chang:

On my return to Andover from my summer vacation I find your good letter of July 28 together with several other communications relating to the coming of the new group of Chinese students who are to be placed in my charge in the near future. I am more deeply touched than I can ever express by this new evidence of the confidence which my Chinese friends are so ready to place in me; and I can assure you that I shall assume the new responsibility with real pleasure and with a full sense of the deep obligations involved. The real grip of the work connected with a position such as mine comes from the opportunity afforded to be of service to one’s fellow men, and particularly at the most impressionable age of life. When that service can be extended to include those from far-distant lands the pleasure and satisfaction which the work affords become only the greater. My past experience with Chinese students prompts me to look forward to this new responsibility with keen pleasure and anticipation.

I have received from the first National Bank in Boston a check for $1,000.00 which I have deposited to your son’s credit, to be used for his expenses here, in the meantime I have made all arrangements to welcome the boy into my own home where I hope and believe that he will be happy. I can assure you that he will have the very best of care and that his problems will receive as thoughtful attention on my para an I would give to those of my own son.

Very sincerely yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


September 9, 1920


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