Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Thomas Sun, New York City, March 28, 1931


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Thomas Sun, New York City, March 28, 1931


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Thomas Sun, New York City, March 28, 1931


Dear Tom:

I have your letter and the elaborate graphs or memoranda or whatever you call than covering your expenditures. The latter are most interesting, but really I haven't quite the time to interpret them. Please just write me frankly, and under a few headings only, where your money has gone. In other words, the main items, of course, are board, room, clothes, etc. My wish is to see just how these balance up.

As I sent you five hundred dollars only this last month, I can't for the life of me see why another remittance is required just yet. Last year I sent you five hundred and fifty dollars in December and that lasted until the latter part of March. Of course, if another remittance at this time is going to carry you through the collegiate year, I should Just as soon you would have it now as later. Last year I sent you a remittance in May. I had supposed that that would be about the time that you would require one this year.

Please straighten me out on this, for I am at a little loss to understand the whys and wherefores of your present financial stress, if such it be.

I am still waiting word from your father, having heard nothing in reply to my letters urging that you be allowed to go home and suggesting that Mary would prefer to give up the European trip. It is too bad your father as that slant on "learned scholars”, although it is a natural Chinese inheritance, of course, and one that is in itself most commendable. My own judgment, however, is that if fewer of the Chinese students who have cane to this country in recent years had returned to their homeland as "learned scholars”, and instead has set out to acquire knowledge and experience needed to help solve the practical problems which confront China today, a good many of the troubles of recent years would have been lessened materially, if not prevented altogether. Anyway, I shall be keenly disappointed if your father does not feel that it is wise for you to come home this summer.

Ever yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


March 28, 1931


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