Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to K.T. Tsai, New York City, March 6, 1924

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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to K.T. Tsai, New York City, March 6, 1924


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to K.T. Tsai, New York City, March 6, 1924


March 6, 1924.
Mr. K. T. Tsai,
Hotel Marseilles,
103 Broadway,
New York City.

My dear Tsai:

Your very nice note just reached me. I was on the point of writing you myself to tell you how sorry I was that my engagements kept me from seeing you again before you left town. Next time you simply must come to the house and bring your bag with you. Then there won’t be any chance for us to miss connections. Anyway, it was just great to see as much of you as I did, even if this did what my appetite for more.

We shall certainly allow K. F. to go down to the wedding. I wish I could join him, if for no other reason than to make up for only just having missed the wedding festivities in Hong Kong in 1912. I don’t know whether I can get off on that particular day, though if I should find it possible to do so you might see me yet.

By the way, I hate to mention it, but as that young brother of yours has a way of spending money more freely than I could wish, he is forever overdrawing his account and there comes, every year, a period before the remittance comes from your father which I have to borrow funds to keep him along. Just now he is two or three hundred dollars over the line, if I remember correctly. I am just wondering if it would not be a bit easier all round if the remittance from home could be made a little earlier or, perhaps, in two installments. This would ease the situation a bit for me and would save borrowing, something that I don’t like to do if I can help it. I thought, perhaps, you might be willing to explain the situation to your father. I meant to talk with you about it when you were here, but there was so much else to discuss that was much pleasanter that I carelessly forgot it.

My best wishes go with this letter. I know the wedding will be a happy occasion for you all, and I trust that it will be a beginning of increasingly happy day a for you. Some day I hope to meet bride-to-be, but as bride-that-is.

Always sincerely your friend,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


March 6, 1924


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