Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Tsai Ting-Kan, Dairen, Manchuria, July 1, 1929


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Tsai Ting-Kan, Dairen, Manchuria, July 1, 1929


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Tsai Ting-Kan, Dairen, Manchuria, July 1, 1929


My dear Mr. Tsai:

I have read with interest and appreciation your friendly letter of June 1, and I am now answering it just one month from the date it was written.

Both Alfred and Helen seem to have come through the year in excellent health and spirits, and I think on the whole with real progress in their work. This last has certainly been true of Helen, and while Alfred's marks are none too strong, his teachers all tell me that the boy is gaining, and I look for still better results next year. His spirit and effort seem to be all that we could desire, but I have been a little disappointed that the hoped for momentum in his school work has not developed a little more rapidly.

Both the children are spending the first part of their summer vacation with Mrs. Nye in South Weymouth, though Alfred expects to go to his camp in New Hampshire soon. Young Mr. Sanborn, who has direct charge of this camp under his father's guidance, has been teaching with us here at Andover this year, and so understands thoroughly Alfred's special needs. So far as the grammar and standard rhetoric books to which you refer are concerned, I am sure that the children have everything of this kind in their possession that they need at the present time. I have talked this over with both of them in times past, and I am sure that they have all the material at hand that they can use, and that if they are really in earnest, as I believe them to be, they will make good use of these facilities.

Thank you heartily for your generous thought in sending me the tea. It has not arrived yet, but will prove most welcome. My own family is very small at present so that I probably shall not be able to use for myself all of the tea in question, but it is a great pleasure to be able to hand a little now and then as a gift to a good friend and where I know that it will be rated at a high value.

Don't worry about remitting any more money at present, for with what I still have in the bank and which up to date has been accumulating steady interest, I have more than enough to meet all demands for some time to come.

With warm personal regards and renewed thanks for your constant and generous thoughtfulness, believe me

Very sincerely yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


July 1, 1929


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