Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, October 15, 1926


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, October 15, 1926


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, October 15, 1926


My dear Mr. Sun:

I am enclosing a report which I have just received from the Sea Pines School which Mary attended during the past summer months and which I am sure will please you. Mary evidently did her best to make the most of the opportunities offered her at the school, and the report indicates how well she seemingly succeeded. The last word I had from her from Elmira was to the effect that she was busily engaged in her new work and happy in the new life and contacts. I hope to see her early in December, as I accepted an invitation to preach at the college at that time, and chiefly that I might have this chance to see for myself how things were going.

Arthur writes me that he has finally succeeded in passing off the last of the requirements that have stood between him and his degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This is good news indeed, and we are now trying to find a place where he can get some practical engineering experience for the coming months. I have written to both Mr. John R. Freeman and Mr. Spencer Murray, who are the most eminent engineers in this country, and have received the friendliest kind of letters in reply. Both of these gentlemen have promised to use their influence to help find Arthur the right kind of a position and have already written letters in his behalf. Mr. Freeman you know personally, I believe. Mr. Murray has two boys in school with us at the present time; so that the approaches in both cases were simple and direct. I venture to quote the closing paragraph in Mr. Freeman's letter received only this morning:

"I had not previously known that you were looking after the education of Mr. C.Y. Sun's four children. I am glad to find them in such capable hands. The father impressed me as one of the finest characters that I met during my stay in China."

This morning's mail also brings me a letter from Charlie, in which he tells me of his work and life at Amherst. All the reports I can get from my friends at Amherst, and I naturally have many there, for that was my own college and the town my home town for most of my life, are enthusiastically commendatory of Charlie and his work and spirit.

I have had nothing very recently from Tom, though the last reports were good, and I have reason to hope that he is making an earnest start in his college life.

With warm personal regards, believe me

Very sincerely yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


October 15, 1926


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