Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin February 27, 1931


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin February 27, 1931


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to C.Y. Sun, Tientsin February 27, 1931


February 27, 1931
Mr. C.Y.Sun
44 Cambridge Road
Tientsin, China

My dear Mr. Sun:

Several weeks ago I received from London a draft for three thousand dollars, which I assumed was from you, but as the letter form the National City Bank of New York which accompanied the draft did not specify definitely the sender, I wrote to London to check up. Yesterday I received their reply, stating that I was right in my supposition that the dollar draft referred to was for your account. Consequently, I have credited the sum in question, one-half each, to the accounts of Mary and Tom. I am taking the liberty, also, of enclosing statements of their accounts to date. As you will note, each has a generous balance.

Apparently Mary doesn’t care to take the European trip before returning to China, but desires very much to start for home as soon as she completes her work and receives her degree at Yale. Evidently Tom, too, has reached the point where his homesickness is likely to interfere a good bit with his progress in his studies. No doubt this is accentuated a bit at the present time as the boy realizes that his sister is going home so soon. I can’t help feeling, though, and very strongly from what I have seen of and heard from Tom in recent months that even if he were to continue his postgraduate work for the next year or two, a short visit home this summer would be of inestimable value to him and would give him a real and much needed freshening up. Viewing the situation only from my own personal angle and hence perhaps in a limited way, I can’t help feeling that it would be wonderful thing if Tom could accompany his sister home this coming summer, even if he were to return to America later.

With every best wish to you and yours, and warm personal regards, believe me

Very sincerely yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


February 27, 1931


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