Letter from Sao-Kie Alfred Sze, Chinese Legation, Washington, to Alfred E. Stearns April 28, 1926 includes letter from C.Y. Sun to Alfred Sze


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Letter from Sao-Kie Alfred Sze, Chinese Legation, Washington, to Alfred E. Stearns April 28, 1926 includes letter from C.Y. Sun to Alfred Sze


Letter from Sao-Kie Alfred Sze, Chinese Legation, Washington, to Alfred E. Stearns April 28, 1926 includes letter from C.Y. Sun to Alfred Sze


April 28, 1926.
Dr. Alfred E. Stearns
Phillips Academy Andover,

My dear Dr. Stearns:
The enclosed letter from Mr. Sun was received two days ago. I thought that part about Mary's studies may be of interest to you. Please return the letter to me when you have finished with it.

I also enclose a copy of a cablegram I sent to Mr. Sun. I intended to send it to you first before cabling, but through a misunderstanding on the part of my Secretary it has been despatched already.

In looking over my file, I discovered that of the three letters I wrote you on or about April 5th about Mary, I had only one in my file. That is the one acknowledging the receipt of the telegraphic transfer of money. May I ask you to be good enough to cause copies to be made of the other two letters and send them to me at your convenience?

With best wishes, I am
Very sincerely yours,

April 26, 1926.
Please inform C. Y. Sun that his letter March 29th just received and Mary’s affairs are settled on lines of my letter April 5th to Dr. Stearns. She is apparently satisfied and happy.

Tientsin 29th March, 1926

My dear Alfred
I beg to own receipt of your kind letters sent to me directly and through Charlie Liang, together with copies of the correspondence between you & Mrs Sze and Dr. Stearns, Mrs Shapleigh, Arthur & Mary. It is indeed very kind of you and Mrs Sze to have taken such deep interest in Mary's affairs, for which I wish to thank you most heartily.

After careful consideration of the whole question regarding Mary's change of school, and taking advantage of the opinion expressed by Dr. Stearns in his letter of Feb, 22nd, from which I quote: " Arthur, however, is inclined to share my own feelings those of Miss Clemons, who has followed Mary pretty closely in her work, and those expressed, too, by Miss Bailey, Principal of Abbot Academy, that it is a serious question whether Mary has the proper qualification to make a College course for her practicable and wise." I have cabled Dr. Stearns, suggesting to him that Mary be sent back to Abbot to complete her work for her Diploma. I enclose a copy of this cable for your perusal.

Owing to the most exciting times that we are now passing through, quite unparalled in any previous experience in China, I confess I have not yet been calm enough in my mind to settle down and write my reply to Dr. Stearns, but I shall send you a copy as soon as I do write. The strain on one's nerve is terrible- the whole city is feeling that there is still something most disastrous going to happen. This is the BFNFFICIAL(?) result which the so called Anti-Red Army is forcing the people of Tientsin to enjoy. The so-called Red Army of General Feng’s troops are loved & respected by all those who have ever had any opportunity to see their manner toward people. I say so without prejudice. I do not know Feng or any of his subordinates, except those soldiers who have been loved by the people during their short stay in Tientsin. They are our TREASURE and will one day be the SAVIOURS of this country. All the country people say exactly what I have said. Excuse my talking of this here, but I thought you ought to know the facts.

As to your kind invitation for Mary to spend the Easter and Summer vacations with you, may I thank you and Mrs Sze for your kindness. I have written Dr. Stearns some time ago asking him to permit Mary to accept such invitation privided it did not interfere with her Summer schools work, to prepare her for college. As there is not now such need for this preparation, I hope Dr. Stearns will permit Mary to accept your kind invitation.

I have not been able to go down to Shanghai for the last nine months. I trust I can do so soon the railway communication is restored, if condition here permits.

With kind regards to Mrs Sze and thank you for all your kindness to Mary.
I beg remain
Yours sincerely


Sao-Kie Alfred Sze


Phillips Academy


April 28, 1926


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