Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Mary Sun, Elmira College, May 3, 1928


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Mary Sun, Elmira College, May 3, 1928


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Mary Sun, Elmira College, May 3, 1928


My dear Mary:

I have read with interest your letter of April 30 just received, and, as requested, I am sending you a check to cover general expenses during the weeks ahead.

By all means see what you can obtain from Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges in the way of admission on transfer. I should much prefer to have you in one of these institutions, especially the former, even at the expense of a year’s standing. Let me know just soon as you hear from them and tell me exactly what they have to say. Perhaps it might even help if in your letters you referred them to me as your American guardian and suggested that they write me for further information.

I know pretty intimately both President Woolley and President Neilson and might be able to secure their personal interest in your case, and this would help.

It may interest you to know that your father in a letter which I received from him only a week or two ago spoke with some favor of the possibility of the nursing course for you. He asked for further information on the matter and said that he had evidently never received the letter in which I pleaded strongly that you be allowed to take a course of this kind. Under the circumstances I did not think that that possibility need be considered longer as altogether out of the question, though frankly I am inclined to feel that, if you can secure admission to Mount Holyoke, for example, and without too serious a loss, it would perhaps be better for you to finish up the general college course. Following that, it might seem wise to round out your education with a year or two of studying nursing.

Anyway, I shall await with keen interest the replies from your inquiries at Mount Holyoke and Smith. What about Wellesley? Miss Pendleton, the President, I know perhaps the best of any of the women’s college residents, and I am sure she would deal as generously with the case as conditions would permit.

If your father wishes you to take typewriting, I think you ought to get started as soon as possible, but, of course, you can’t do that very well without running a typewriter yourself. For the present my impression is that you would do well to buy a portable machine. Doubtless there is someone connected with your faculty who directs this work and who will perhaps be better able than I to recommend the best kind of a machine for your special needs.

With all good wishes, believe me

Faithfully yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


May 3, 1928


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