Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu, April 20, 1931


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu, April 20, 1931


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu, April 20, 1931


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu about his son's academic progress and fiances. Encloses current account. States the money invested in son's education was well-spent. States the progress reports aren't bad but also aren't encouraging. Explains that even with additional help from faculty, K.Y. Tu is still failing 3 subjects and low marks in others. Wonders whether it would be a good idea to keep K.Y. Tu in school another year.


Admiral H.K.Tu
148 Fek Sui Li
Route Joseph Frelupt
Shanghai, China

My dear Admiral Tu:

I have this morning received your nice letter of March 18 with the accompanying draft for six hundred dollars to be credited to the account of your boy. As Kong’s account has been a bit over-drawn, I am glad to have the remittance at this time, though I should have been perfectly willing to handle the matter from this end if you had so desired, especially in view of the tremendous obstacles you face in the matter of exchange in these unusual days.

I am enclosing a statement of the account to date, and I am asking Kong to be especially careful in the m atter of his expenditures, though I have no reason to think that he has not been so up to this time. I wish I felt equally clear that the money you have been investing so generously in the boy’s education had been altogether well spent. Frankly, the reports of the boy’s work, while in some respects not altogether bad, have been anything but encouraging, and he has had to have special attention given by the business college officers to his weaknesses, and they have been a bit disappointed themselves at time on his seeming lack of cooperation. I am enclosing his latest report, received by only a. day or two ago, which shows him failing in three subjects, namely, Law, Rapid Calculation and Typewriting, and with low marks in all the others, with the possible exception of Spelling. The progress mark of D is XX disappointing. Naturally, I cannot help wondering whether is it wise to attempt to keep him here for another year, especially at the financial sacrifice such a course would still bring you. I can only hope, though, that the boy has picked up enough in his training at the business college to prove of some real help to him when he does get back to and starts work in his native land.

With high esteem and kindest personal regards, believe me

Very sincerely yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


April 20, 1931


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