Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Miss Mary Sun, April 21, 1926


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Miss Mary Sun, April 21, 1926


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Miss Mary Sun, April 21, 1926


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mary Sun. Thanks her for the statement of accounts. States Charlie should send the amount Mary loaned to him to keep both accounts current. States that Mary wouldn't be considered an official senior. States she shouldn't have to pay and to explain Mrs. Russell. Explains a certificate or diploma from Merrimac wouldn't mean much. States the goal is preparation for college and the college diploma is the important certificate.


April 21, 1926
Miss Mary Sun
Whittier School
Merrimac, Mass.

Dear Mary:

Many thanks for your recent letter and for the statement of accounts. I understand perfectly that the Washington trip was an expensive one at best and see nothing to complain of in the expenditures you have recorded. Charlie, however, ought to send back and I shall ask him to do so, the amount you loaned him so that your two accounts may be kept in proper order.

I don’t see any reason why you should appear as an official senior, at least to the extent of having to meet that extra payment for a senior prom. Just tell Mrs. Russell that you do not dance and that, as you are a special student, neither you nor I believe, that you should be called on to assume this added obligation. In view of your short stay at Merrimac, I can’t see that such a certificate or diploma as you might earn there could really be considered of any great value. The main thing is to get ready for college, and of course the college diploma, which we shall count on your taking later, will be the thing that really counts.

With every good wish and the hope that I may be able to run over before long and have a look at you, believe me always

Sincerely yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


April 21, 1926


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