Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Arthur Sun, Cambridge, Mass., October 19, 1926


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Arthur Sun, Cambridge, Mass., October 19, 1926


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Arthur Sun, Cambridge, Mass., October 19, 1926


Dear Arthur:

I have this morning received a note from Mr. Freeman, enclosing copies of the correspondence he had had with Mr. Winsor and also a copy of the letter he has recently written you. I have written Mr. Freeman in reply that I felt that you ought to be ready to accept a position for this year without salary, provided, of course, each a position appears. I feel pretty sure that your father would be glad to meet your living expenses for another year in return for the valuable experience you would gain from such a connection. Of course if you can find a place with salary attached, so much the better, but don’t let a good opening go by on account of that particular consideration. The main thing just now is to get a job, and a good one, with the practical experience that the job offers. The added benefits accruing to you would more than offset the financial conditions involved.

By the way, I have just had some correspondence with the Tech Bursar about Condition examinations. I recently received a bill for $5.00, the bill indicating that $10.00 had already been credited to your account by an earlier check from me and that the $5.00 was still due. As I had mailed you a check for $15.00, I could not understand the discrepancy and wrote to Mr. Ford for information. He writes me that $5.00 of the amount in question was returned to you in cash. As you gave me no notice of this, I was wholly in the dark and must admit that I do not consider this a fair or business-like attitude on your part.

Further, the last bill I paid at the Harvard Cooperative Society on your account specified two individual items but gave the main item under "bill rendered" which, of course, gives me no chance whatever to check up on the character of the expenditures involved. Furthermore no bill had been rendered to me, at least before that time, for I have paid promptly every bill that has come into my hands. I have done everything in my power to handle your affairs in a business-like way but get comparatively little cooperation, for frequently bills sent to you to be OK’d, with return stamped and addressed envelopes accompanying them, do not come back to me until weeks later, and then generally with an accompanying request for personal funds. This has been my experience frequently with you and Tom, but not with Charlie and Ouincy. For your own sake, I hope you will appreciate the importance of handling matters in a different way from now on. It is in your interest and not my own that I am concerned and make this request.

Very sincerely yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


October 19, 1926


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