Letter from Alfred Stearns to Chung Ying (C.Y.) Sun, Tientsin, September 9, 1922


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Letter from Alfred Stearns to Chung Ying (C.Y.) Sun, Tientsin, September 9, 1922


Letter from Alfred Stearns to Chung Ying (C.Y.) Sun, Tientsin, September 9, 1922


My dear Dr. Sun:

Your letters of June 25, July 16 and 22 have been too long unanswered. They reached me, however, during the summer months up at my camp in the goods where letter writing at best is difficult and where my mail almost invariably gets away from me. I trust, therefore, that you will understand the reasons for and pardon my delay.

We are now back in Andover. The boys, including Lin and Sheh, having preceded us by a couple of days. Mary drove down with us in the car. The trip at best is hard for her, as she is apt to be troubled with car-sickness, something which comes to [illegible] her, and to an even greater degree on the train. She stood the journey well, however, and is in the best of spirits now.

The boys seem to have had a wonderfully happy and worth-while summer. I have no doubt they will write you about it. The camp was well managed this year and a great satisfaction, especially in view of the poor start which was made last summer. The chief difficulty I find with the boys is duly impressing upon them the importance of being neat and tidy about their rooms and the handling of their clothes and other possessions. During the actual camp session they did splendidly under the somewhat strict supervision of those in control. I allowed them to remain at the camp several days after the formal closing, camping out with themselves and the guide, and I confess that the condition in which I found things at the end of that time utterly discouraged me. They had done so well during the camp session that I was doubly surprised and disappointed. In other respects they had done all, and more, that one could wish, and I hope and trust that we shall be able to eradicate this weakness in their make-up.

I thank you sincerely for your report of Mr. Liang and his activities. I value his friendship highly and am delighted to hear of the new honors that have come to him. I hope that even though his children are not to be under my charge and are to be located in another part of the state, they will occasionally find it possible to visit my home and mingle with the other boys.

Accept my congratulations on the award of a Tsing Hua Scholarship to Arthur. The boy has earned it fully, in my judgment, and I am sure that the investment will prove a good one. The money will be duly credited to his account, as you have requested, and I shall be glad to advise you on its receipt and to give you any particulars I may learn later that seem likely to prove of interest to you. I assume that the money will be sent to me without any request on my part.

I have already acknowledged the receipt of your check for $5000, and I am glad to learn from your letter, following the check, that my original assumption was correct; namely that $1000, each, shall be credited to Arthur, Charles, Thomas, Quincey, and Mary. Just so soon as the opening rush of the school year is over I hope to find time to draw off and send you copies of the individual accounts of the boys and Mary up to date.

With warmest personal regards and trusting that you and your family are in the best of health, believe me

Very sincerely yours,


Alfred Stearns


Phillips Academy


September 9, 1922


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