Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin September 17, 1928


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin September 17, 1928


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin September 17, 1928


September 7, 1928
44 Cambridge Road,
Tientsin, China

My dear Mr.Sun:

On my return to Andover from my summer holiday, I find your letter of July 13, in which you advise me that you have ordered payment to me in your children’s behalf of the sum of four thousand dollars from the National City Bank of New York. The check in question was received during my absence and has been duly credited to the accounts of the three children, one-third of the amount to each. I hope to be able to send you the detailed statements of their accounts within the next few days, or as soon as the rush of the opening of the school year is over.

Both Charlies and Tom have written me recently and are returning this week to their colleges for the new college year. Mary at present is visiting Mr.Sze at his summer home and seems to be very happy over the prospect of taking up her new work at the Yale Nursing School this fall. Both Tom and Charlie have done steady and on the whole excellent work this past year and I have been for the most part very well satisfied with and happy over their progress.

Since the children entered their various colleges, it has been my custom to send them lump sums to cover their college and other expenses since it is practically impossible for me to take care of the individual bills contracted from time to time and to follow their expenditures in the detailed way that I was accustomed to do when they were here in Andover and right on the ground. I have followed their expenditures, however, as carefully as I could, and have them submit from time to time detailed statements. On the whole, I think they have done very well. Tom especially has pleased me because his earlier tendencies were to extravagance, tendencies which since he has been in college seem to have been disappearing. He and Charlie do not vary very much, I find, in the amounts which they deem it necessary to spend, and as Charlie has always been pretty steady in this respect, I am inclined to believe that my judgment in Tom’s case is on the whole justified.

This is the busiest season of the school year, so that I am necessarily making this a somewhat brief letter. It carries with it, however, my sincere regards and my best wishes for the health and happiness of yourself and your family.

Very sincerely yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


September 17, 1928


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