Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin July 15, 1931


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin July 15, 1931


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin July 15, 1931


July 15, 1931

Mr. C.Y.Sun
44 Cambridge Road,
Tientsin, China

Dear Mr. Sun:

Your very kind and generous letter of June 12 has been received and has given me very great pleasure. Certainly no one could have written in a more kindly vein, and I appreciate very very deeply your unwavering confidence in me and your evident appreciation of what little I have attempted to do for your children.

It seems hardly possible that the last of your family have finally passed out of my immediate life and care. Frankly, it seems to me a pleasant thought, and yet I know it is time that they were on their way to larger fields of service and usefulness which I hope and believe they will find in their own homeland. The letter which I have just received from Tom tells me of his meeting with Mary in San Francisco and their plan to sail a day or two later. If they sail as planned, they are well out on the Pacific at this time, eager and excited, I have no doubt, as each new day brings the home land nearer. My good will and best wishes will follow them across the sea and wherever they are during the years ahead. That you will feel that they have profited by their American life and experiences is my earnest hope.

Needless to say I shall never forget your many kindnesses to me and your confidence in my judgments and your generous cooperation in every effort put forth in your children’s behalf. It has been a delight to me personally to feel that I could do for the children of those in a foreign. Land what I should love to feel others were doing, if the opportunity had been offered them, for my own children under similar circumstances. This I have tried to do, but I know that I have falled, at times, for short of the ideal I have set myself. Anyway, I am prompted to believe that all of them have come to appreciate more fully in their mature years the necessity for some of the disagreeable restraints and even such slight discipline which occasionally I found it necessary to impose in the earlier days of their American life. Tom has just written me a very beautiful and appreciative letter, Charlie again and again has expressed and shown appreciation, and even Mary the past year or two has, I think, developed an attitude of increasing friendliness. Anyway, I hate to lose them, though I love to think that they are once more in the home land and in touch again with those who love them most. I shall count it a pleasure and a privilege to hear of and from them whenever and if ever they feel disposed to keep me advised of their activities and progress.

Within a short time I will send, possibly even with this letter, a statement showing how the financial accounts stand to date. There is a considerable balance in your favor, I am sure, and I am wondering in what form you will prefer to have me remit it to you. Unless I am mistaken the exchange today is far more favorable for the sending of money from America to China than it is for those who are forced to send it the other way. Please let me know your wishes, and I shall be glad to see that they are fully carried out.

With kindest personal regards and renewed assurance of my deep and abiding appreciation of the pleasure I have found in uncovering and working for an unseen but highly valued friend, believe me,

Very sincerely yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


July 15, 1931


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