Letter from C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns June 12, 1931


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Letter from C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns June 12, 1931


Letter from C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns June 12, 1931


44 Cambridge Road,
TIENTSIN, 12th June, 1931
Dr. Alfred E. Stearns
Phillips Academy
Andover, Mass.

My dear Dr. Stearns,
I beg to acknowledge receipt of your long and very kind letter of April 25th. the contents of which have had my very careful consideration. Please accept my hearty thanks for your frank and most friendly expression which I value very highly.

As you know, I have been separated from my children for tea years .and when it comes to a question of their development during that period of time, and what is best for them, I realise that I am not in a position to know them and their present needs as well as you do. This realisation prompted me to accept your sound and much valued advice to allow Tom to return to China, so I sent you a cable as follows—

“Stearns, Phillips Academy, Andover. Thanks for your advice please order Tom come home and pay him extra one thousand dollars if he refuse visit Europe. Sun."
I had already made a promise to Tom of a trip to Europe (just as I did to Mary) but in case he does not wish to make this trip, please give him his extra G.$1000-in addition to the necessary passage-money. And please be so kind, as to advise him how to handle this money, as you must have done to Mary.

My dear friend…now all my children will soon leave your great country where they have secured not only a good education but also a very high training under your unfailing guidance and unusual consideration and care. I know the task has not been a light one and you will permit me to take this opportunity of expressing my deepest appreciation of all you have done in, so many ways for my children. My poor words cannot find expression as I try to tell you how very grateful I am. But this I know, that whatever good service my children may be able to render to our humble country in the coming years, by far the major portion of the credit belongs to for any success they may achieve.

In coming to a decision on this important question of Tom’s return, I have been under great strain, for my present state of health is not at all satisfactory. But before I close this altogether inadequate letter I wish to express my profound gratitude and a million thanks for all your wonderful help to my children. I am sure we both hope and trust that they will live up to our expectations.

With kindest regards and. every good wish, believe me,
Yours very gratefully,


C.Y. Sun


Phillips Academy


June 12, 1931


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