Letter from C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns, June 25, 1922


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Letter from C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns, June 25, 1922


Letter from C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns, June 25, 1922


My dear Dr. Stearns;-

I have received both of your kind letters bearing dates of 19th April and 5th May for which please accept my sincere thanks.

It is most grartifying [sic] that Arthur is developing so nicely and that he is doing at the Institute in Boston is impressing you.

Mary, it is presumed, was not sufficiently advanced in her studies to have enable her to keep pace with the Northfield curriculum so it was well that she was taken away for further preparation. You speak of trying to find a suitable institution for her in which, I am certain you will be successful.

In regard to Charley and Thomas I am glad to her that they are promising. Thomas is probably too young to keep up with his brother and, as you say, his being put back to repeat his work would probably be best for him.

Referring to your letter of 5th May I should repeat that my letter of 7th April was not meant further than as an offer of suggestions and I am delighted that you had accepted it so very cordially. Being so far distant from your place and unacquanted [sic] with the life requirements of the Eastern States, my notion of what students needs must, under the circumstance, be a matter of conjecture which I should be the first to acknowledge.

I may state I am most glad to hear from you that the young folks we have with you are duly conscious of the expediency of their early training in economy and with your guidence [sic] available to them at all times they will do, it is certain, as all of us would like to have them do.

As you have surmised, Mr Liang has seen us and aside from giving a splendid account of all at Andover has told us that Foodstuff, Clothing and living in general in your country have all gone up tremendously in cost in recent years. He has also told us the beautiful home you are keeping and that all who paricipate [sic] in its enjoyment must, in the natual [sic] order of things contribute in a reasonable measure towards its upkeep. Mr Liang's story was such as to give us entire satisfaction in every way and we (inclusive of Mr Sheh & Mr Ling) have you and Miss Clemons to thank for the gratifying state of things pertaining to our children.

As you say, we presume our young people are outgrowing the clothing they took from China and in renewing it we feel thankful to Miss Clemons is making such special effort to secure reasonable bargains.

The other items you have dealt upon have also been noted by me and will be conveyed to Mr Sheh & Mr Ling who will be interested to hear about them.

I have referred to our mutual friend Mr Liang and I know that a few lines more about him will be of interest to you.

Mr Liang, although a retired official, has been requested by our government to undertake further service for a short time in heading our Commission to negotiate with the British Commission for the rendition of Wai Hai Wei in terms of the Washington Conference. Mr Liang I may add, is an intimate friend of mine of very long standing and that being so, his movements are watched by me with friendly concern and as you, too, is one of his esteem friends this little item about him will, we imagine, interest you no less than ourselves here.

With most kind regards to yourself, Miss Clemons and the rest of the family.

I remain

My dear Dr. Stearns yours truly

P. S.;-
I beg to inform you on 8th inst, I have authorized a T.T. remittance to you. The cable reads as follows;-
( Sent by Russo Asiatic Bank Tientsin to Irving National Bank of New York )
"Advise and pay Doctor Stearns Phillips Academy n "a/c Sun G. $5,000.00."

For this sum, please credit to Mary, Arthur, Charlse [sic], Thomas and Quincy of one thounsoud [sic] dollars ($ 1,000.00.) each and oblige.


C.Y. Sun


Phillips Academy


June 25, 1922


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