Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, December 28, 1926


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, December 28, 1926


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, December 28, 1926


My dear Mr. Sun:

Please accept my very hearty thanks for your moot generous and wonderfully beautiful Christmas present. The lacquer vases were forwarded to me by Minister Sze, with a note saying that they had been sent at your request. They are about as attractive as anything that ever came into my house and will be much admired by those who see them. To me, however, beside their intrinsic beauty with its natural appeal, there will always be the stronger attraction based on the friend and the friendly thought back of them.

I have heard from or seen all of the children at various times during the Christmas holiday season. Arthur is working at his new position and wrote me only a day or two ago from Amherst, where he had gone to get a glimpse of Charlie and also in the hope of seeing Mary, too, at Springfield, where the latter is visiting one of her school friends. I had a nice letter from her only this morning, and she seems happy and well.
The morning’s mail brings me also a letter from Charlie who has Just returned to Amherst after a brief visit to New York. The big city does not appeal to him at all, and he writes me that he will not again leave the college town when vacation comes.

Tom came through his first term at Middlebury College with a much better record than I anticipated. He stopped off here for a couple of days at the beginning of the vacation and is now visiting Frank Lin in Cambridge where he also has a chance to see Arthur from time to time.

Altogether all four of the children seem to be making pretty steady and even progress this year. An invitation to speak to the girls at Elmira College, which I accepted a few weeks ago gave me a good opportunity to see Mary and look over the situation at her college. She tells me that she finds some of her work rather difficult, but her teachers seem to think that she is going to be able to master these difficulties and handle the course satisfactorily. She seems to have made some good friends, too, and to have fitted nicely into the college life.
Please accept again my thanks for your many kindnesses to me and my heartiest good wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthful, and prosperous new year.

Sincerely and gratefully yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


December 28, 1926


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