Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Tsai Shou Kie, Tientsin, September 28, 1921

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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Tsai Shou Kie, Tientsin, September 28, 1921


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Tsai Shou Kie, Tientsin, September 28, 1921


September 28, 1921
Mr. Tsai Shou Kie
5 Race Course Road
Tientsin, China

My dear Mr.Tsai:

Let me acknowledge the receipt of and thank you for your most interesting letter of August 31 and the accompanying draft for $1600 which I am depositing, as requested, to the credit of your boy Kuo Fang. The youngster appears to be getting on very well, though he has not made the high record in scholarship that we could all like to see. In this respect, however, he has done somewhat better of late and his record at the tutoring camp this summer was exceptionally good. I am hoping that the Andover record this year will be the best of his course to date. In every other way, the boy is open to little criticism, though I cannot help feeling that his general good nature and the popularity which this brings to him with his mates must be held in check a bit if they are not to exhort a bad influence on the boy’s character as a whole. In my relations with him, he his all that could be desired, for he never hesitates to accept my criticisms with good spirit and to do his best apparently to carry out such suggestions with good spirit as I have made to him from time to time. I earnestly hope that when he returns to China later he will be in every way qualified to meet and help solve effectively the big problems that your country confronts at this time. It is certainly a real pleasure to have had a part in preparing these boys for the great opportunities which lie ahead of them in their homeland.

Yes, the photograph reached me safely, only a few days ago however, and I have not had the chance until today to thank you for it. It reposes in my study and I shall always value it highly, chiefly for its constant suggestion of your friendship and your confidence in me as well as the memories it prompts of personal kindness to me when I met you in China a few years ago.

I am sorry to hear that you are still troubled with hard times in China in the way of floods and political disturbances. It seems as if the whole world had been compelled to face more than its proper allowance of hardship and disaster during recent years. The saddest part of it is that most of these troubles were man’s own making, though, of course, this cannot be said of famine and flood in China. I only hope that better times are ahead for us all.
Please remember me next warmly to the other members of your family and accept for yourself this expression of friendship and goodwill. I wish that I might be privileged to meet you again some day either in your country or in my own.

Sincerely and gratefully yours.


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


September 28, 1921


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