Letter from Alfred Stearns to Chung Ying (C.Y.) Sun, Tientsin, February 22, 1922


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Letter from Alfred Stearns to Chung Ying (C.Y.) Sun, Tientsin, February 22, 1922


Letter from Alfred Stearns to Chung Ying (C.Y.) Sun, Tientsin, February 22, 1922


My dear Mr. Sun:

Your letter of January 29th has just reached me, and I note that the $5000. recently transferred to me by cable, and the receipt of which was duly acknowledged, is to be distributed between your four children and Quincy Sheh - $1000. for each account. I am accordingly making the distribution as requested.

I mailed you several weeks ago complete statements of receipts and expenditures for each of the boys and Mary up to December last. These, I trust, will have reached you safely by this time and from them you will be able to form a pretty good idea of the amounts necessary to meet the school and other expenses of the children while they are in Americas We are hoping, of course, that prices will drop in the near future. There have been changes in recent months, but unfortunately not all have been in the downward direction, though in the matter of clothes it seems possible to meet the needs of the children at a smaller expense than formerly.

Arthur's funds are still in my hands, and he is accustomed to apply to me each month for the amount seemingly necessary to meet his college and living expenses. He furnishes me a detailed statement showing just how the money has been used. So far as I can judge, he is disposed to be very careful in handling this money and has given me no cause for anxiety on this score. He tells me that he has now found a good home. His first room did not prove in every way satisfactory, and I agreed with him that a change was desirable. Of course it is very difficult in a city like Cambridge, with the tremendous demand resulting from the presence of two such large institutions as Harvard and the Institute of Technology, to find the ideal home in which to live during the college course from what Arthur tells me, however, I have reason to think that he is happy in his present quarters. I have encouraged him to come out to Andover whenever he could and pass the week-ends with me and the rest of the family.

I am glad to hear that Mr. and Mrs. Chen have safely reached their home country. It was a real delight to meet them here. I only wish we could have seen a bit more of them.

We have been experiencing a pretty wide-spread attack of influenza in this part of the country during recent weeks. The epidemic appeared in the school a few weeks ago and for several days we had a pretty strenuous time. Fortunately the cases were extremely light - very different from the disease of 1918; and the boys, after a several days' lay-off, were able to resume their duties in normal health. Quincy just at present is at the infirmary with a sore throat, but the doctor thinks he will be out within the next two days. Thomas also joined the group there for two or three days, but returned to us with his old-time health and vigor and has suffered no ill effects from the experience. The rest of the group have fortunately escaped thus far.

With warmest personal regards, believe me


Alfred Stearns


Phillips Academy


February 22, 1922


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