Letter from Tsai Shou Kie, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns, May 22, 1923

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Letter from Tsai Shou Kie, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns, May 22, 1923


Letter from Tsai Shou Kie, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns, May 22, 1923


81 Council Road,
May 22nd, 1923

Dr.Alfred E.Stearns
Phillips Academy
Andorer, Mass, U.S.A.

My dear Dr. Stearns,

I do not know how to express my appreciation for the persevering attention you have given to Kuo Fong, it is a great relief to me to know that he is taken better care of than at home. Please do not feel too concerned over his attack of nervousness. It was not altogether a surprise to me because I know he had always been so affected. This complaint seems to run in the family. His brother Kuo Tso has been under electrical treatment for this illness, and is now quite recovered. Constant worrying, I believe, is the main cause, and I agree with you that with less occasions for excitement, Kuo Fong should be able to control his attitude of mind and thus make a decisive gain towards his physical improvement, and general welfare.

Concerning, his plans for entering Amherst this fall, I have no particular objection, although, personally, I would like to have him in a business school, in this matter, however I do not want to force him against his own wishes. As long as he obtains your approval before actually carrying out his ideas, I shall be quite satisfied.

Since receiving Kuo Fong’s letter, I have already sent you a check covering his overdrawn account. I am sorry this has happened so whenever due to some unexpected expense the regular allowance will not be sufficient, I would like to be notified if possible before the fund becomes exhausted so as not to bother you with making loans for overdrawing. His August remittance will be made as usual.

To discuss the present situation in China is very discouraging. We have a government which has no authority and consequently cannot be held absolutely responsible for any action or lack of same. As an example of its powerlessness, the bandits who held up our only train de luxe are holding daily conferences on an equal footing with our Minister of Communications over conditions and demands submitted by the bandits for the release of foreign and Chinese travellers who were captured and kept as hostages, still we are hoping for the best. A change of the Cabinet is again expected; something might be accomplished by the new administration.

Among the older boys who had been under your guardionship, I know quite a few. in fact I have three in my own family. S.S.Kwan and Tommy Lee are both in Tientsin, and they both remember Andover well. A few copies of the Bulletin come regularly and these chaps often gather around to talk of their old days.
Please accept my thanks for your kindness and your constant keeping me in touch with Kuo Fong's progress.

With best regards, I remain,
Yours very sincerely,


Tsai Shou Kie


Phillips Academy


May 22, 1923


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