Letter from Alfred Stearns to Chung Ying (C.Y.) Sun, Tientsin, January 18, 1922


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Letter from Alfred Stearns to Chung Ying (C.Y.) Sun, Tientsin, January 18, 1922


Letter from Alfred Stearns to Chung Ying (C.Y.) Sun, Tientsin, January 18, 1922


My dear Mr. Sun:

The busy days that have followed the Christmas season have delayed me in sending this long overdue word of deep appreciation of and very sincere gratitude for your most generous and valuable Christmas gift. Everything that comes from China has a special value in my eyes. When it carries with it the evidence of friendly goodwill on the part of the sender, its value proportionately increases; and just because you have always been so kind and considerate in your attitude towards me, I shall value more than I can ever express that beautiful piece of ivory which now adorns my parlor table and calls forth enthusiastic comments from all who view it. I only hope that you will not feel that there is, or can be, the slightest compulsion to express in material ways of this kind such appreciation as you may feel for what little I have tried to do for your children. It has been a pleasure, I can assure you, and the business arrangement, which had of necessity to be made, has been based on the actual income and outgo involved, so far as this can be estimated. I only hope that I have been able to help you carry out your wishes for your children and to realize the high hopes and ambitions you entertain for them.

I expect to send you with a few days statements cover the expenses of all four of your children and their friends, Messrs. Sheh and Lin. I have practically completed this up to the first of December, last. The task has been something of a time consumer, and I have not felt like putting it upon my overworked office force, so that it had to be done at such odd moments as I could find for it from time to time. I have also all of the receipts involved in these various transactions. These I shall be glad to send to you if you desire, or if you prefer, I can turn them over to Arthur or the other boys. I shall write you in a few days, giving the latest reports of the children. At present all are in the best of health and seemingly happy in their work; though Arthur writes me that he finds the work at the Institute of Technology increasingly hard, and Thomas is seemingly a bit unprepared for successful progress in the latest class of this school. I expect to give Tom a little outside tutoring through the balance of the year, which will, I hope, enable him to get a better start.

With warmest personal regards and renewed thanks for your generous contributions to the various members of my family, and with heartiest New Year's greetings, believe me,

Sincerely and gratefully yours,


Alfred Stearns


Phillips Academy


January 18, 1922


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