Letter from Dr. Albert E. Stearns to Mr. Charles Sun, March 23, 1926


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Letter from Dr. Albert E. Stearns to Mr. Charles Sun, March 23, 1926


Letter from Dr. Albert E. Stearns to Mr. Charles Sun, March 23, 1926


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Charles Sun. Enclosed check. Advises against taking a job in a restaurant. Discusses flu outbreak at Andover and scarlet fever outbreak at Exeter. Communicated with Mary and states she appears happy, but believes says differently to Andover friends. States the insistence of Mary's Abbot friends for her to return has caused Stearns to meet with Dr. Sze in Washington. States he is following their father's wishes.


Mr.Charles Sun
35 Woodside Ave.
Amhrest, Mass.

Dear Charlie:

Your good letter has just reached me, and I am enclosing a check
for $300. 00, as requested. It seems to me that you have been very careful with your money, and I am not aware that you have been overspending. I only wish that I could get Tommie to view things as you do. It would be a fine thing for him and would at the same time relieve my anxieties a lot.

As to taking a job at the college restaurant next year, I really don’t approve of it and I doubt very much if your father would wish you to do it. Of course there is no real harm in it, and for some follow, especially if it is actually a necessity, work of this kind is an excellent character builder. My impression is that, If you take the job, it would mean the exclusion of some other fellow in greater need than you and it would also mean, of course, a definite lens of time from your college work. Any I should go slow before reaching a final decision.

Yes, we had a sudden epidemic of influence tiers, lasting for about two weeks and of a very light and seemingly harmless quality. About sixty boys, all told, were affected, but the illness hardly ever lasted more than three or four days. Our friends at Exeter, unfortunately, have been having a much harder time. Scarlet fever has kept them busy. For goodness sake keep away from the dogs At Amherst if they ore in a bad way, as you intimate.

Yes, I have heard from Mary lately and more often from her Andover friends who still persist in trying to keep the waters troubles. Only this moaning, before coming to the office, I talked with Mary’s principal, Mrs. Russell, who tells me that Mary is getting on well, working hard, and to all outside appearances at least, happy and contented. Mary writes me in the same vein, but unfortunately she writes those like her Abbot friends in a wholly different one. It is a bit hard to know just how she really does feel, though I am sure she is not suffering.

Because of the persistent and unreasonable efforts of her Abbot friends to have her return to that school for the balance of the year, I find it necessary to make a special trip to Washington to talk the whole matter over fully and frankly with your ambassador, Mr.Sze. At Mr.Sze’s request Mary is to pass her Easter vacation at the Legation in Washington, and I am hopeful that by the end of that period, at least, we shall know where we stand. It has been a hard and perplexing situation, but I have sought most conscientiously to do only what I understood to be your father’s wish. I understand that your friend, Mr. Robinson, is coming to America this Spring. Both your father and he have written me to that effect I can imagine that he will be glad to see all you boys again.

What are your plans for the Easter holidays?

With all good wishes, believe me
Faithfully yours.


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


March 23, 1926


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