Letter from Dr. Albert E. Stearns to Mr. Arthur Sun, March 24, 1926


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Letter from Dr. Albert E. Stearns to Mr. Arthur Sun, March 24, 1926


Letter from Dr. Albert E. Stearns to Mr. Arthur Sun, March 24, 1926


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Arthur Sun. States Stearns is going to Washington to meet Mr. Sze and discuss the situation with Mary. States Mary is doing well in her new school. Believes if Mary were sent back to Abbot, it would reinforce the actions taken by her and her friends and Mary would no longer respect decisions made by Stearns or Miss Clemons. Provides details on Mary's trip Washington for Easter vacation.


March 24, 1926
Mr.Arthur Sun
Technology Dormitories
Cambridge, Mass.

My dear Arthur:

I have met received your letter of March 23 and with it the accompanying receipts.

I am leaving in about an hour for Washington in order to discuss frankly and fully with your minister, Mr.Sze, Mary’s problem which has punished and troubled me so much. I am not sure that Mr.Sze can help me, but at least I am anxious that he should know all sides of the story so that whatever advice he has to offer may be based on a full and not a biased or distorted view of the situation.

Mrs.Russell told me on the telephone only yesterday that Mary was taking hold of her work in fine spirit and that she, herself, believed that Mary could hold her own in college if a way could be found to get her through the admission doors. If, by any chance, Mary can enter college this coming fall through special concession, I shall be inclined to feel that the change, in spite of its bad features, is perhaps, after all, worth while. Of course if Mary were to return to Abbot right now, she would feel and her Abbot friends would feel that their intercessions and pressure had brought the thing to pass and that they had succeeded in overriding my authority: and from that moment Mary would naturally have no further respect for the judgment of either Miss Clemons or myself and the work and sacrifices of the past five years would have been made in vain. Under the circumstances I should be disposed to feel that would be necessary for me to surrender the guardianship of Mary, entrusted to me by your father, but to whom and how would be the big question.

Mary comes to Andover next Saturday and will be here until Sunday night anyway. It was our idea that Mary could leave for Washington Sunday evening and that you could meet her in Boston and put her on the train. Mary, herself, I think would prefer to go by a day train, but I really believe it would be easier and simpler for her to take the night trip, going at once to bed and rising at the end of the journey in Washington. Miss Clemons will telephone you details later, or perhaps it might be even better for you to call up the house not later than Friday end talk with Miss Clemons about Mary’s plans.

Hastily but sincerely yours


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


March 24, 1926


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