Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Hon. Sao-Ke Alfred Sze, March 3, 1926


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Hon. Sao-Ke Alfred Sze, March 3, 1926


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Hon. Sao-Ke Alfred Sze, March 3, 1926


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Sao-Ke Alfred Sze. States he cabled Mr. Sun not to worry about Mary's message. Asked Mr. Sun to wait for his letter which details the situation. Tells Mr. Sze he has heard from Mary several times, who appears to be happier each time. Doubts the decision to send Mary to college. Will keep an eye on her reports. Willing to let Mary spend spring vacation in Washington. Wonders if the interuption is a good idea.


March 2, 1926
Hon.Sao-Ke Alfred Sze
Chinese Legation
Washington D.C.

My dear Mr.Sze:

I have duly received year letters of February 23 and 28.
Since my letter to you I took the liberty of cabling Mr. Sun suggesting that he be not overworried by the receipt of Mary's message which I feared might have cabled to him,and which I further feared might unduly distress him. I asked him to await the receipt of my letter, a letter which I dictated with care and in which I went very fully and in detail into all the factors involved in Mary's situation. I feel sure that when Mr. Sun receives this letter, as well as the communication you have been good enough to send him, he will at least have a pretty complete picture of the case before him and will, therefore, be able to advise us intelligently of his wishes.

Since my last letter to you, I have heard several times from Mary and each time she speaks more happily of her present situation and surroundings. Indeed, in her last note she gave me to understand that the first home sickness and disappointment had largely disappeared and that she was now able to give her thought and attention fully to the work in hand. I think that phase of the situation, therefore, need not worry us unduly from now on, though I am still very doubtful as to the wisdom of forcing Mary to go to college. Because of this misgiving on my part, I shall watch very closely the reports from her present instructors who within a few weeks, at least, ought to be able to form some opinions of their own as to Mary's capabilities and the chances of her attaining the goal which her father desires.

I shall be very glad, of course, to allow Mary to pass her Easter vacation with you if you feel that she should spare this tine from her work. Mary’s allowance is ample to permit here to make the trip and my only question is whether in view of the newness of her present surroundings and work, an interruption would he desirable at this particular time. I don’t wish, of course, to deprive hereof any relaxation which she ought to have and I shall be governed, therefore, largely by your own feelings in the matter.

Very sincerely yours.


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


March 3, 1926


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