Letter from C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns July 25, 1932


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Letter from C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns July 25, 1932


Letter from C.Y. Sun, Tientsin, to Alfred E. Stearns July 25, 1932


Tientsin July 25, 1932

Dear Dr. Stearns;

I wish to thank you most kindly for your good letter of the 22nd June, informing me that you have been advised by the National City Bank of New York of their wish to withdraw at my request the balance of funds in your holding in Andover and enclosing the notice from the Andover Bank indicating that your check for $6,328.82 had been cancelled, and the statement from the National City Bank of New York indicating that the amount in question had been paid.

I note that the amount finally remitted is larger by $113.03 than the amount shown on your earlier report; this, as you say, represents the interest received from your local bank.
As indicated by your letter, everything is just as I wished and it couldn’t have been done in a wiser manner. I beg to thank you for all that you have done and the trouble gone through by you.

I am very glad to hear the kindly and friendly interest you take in the Far East and I thank you in return for the little incident which Professor Forbes had at the Brown College Commencement. I quite agree with you a great deal more than mere lip service has to be done before we can attain that ideal statement, where peoples of all nations live in concord regardless of race, color and creed. The high thinking people of your great American State have set an example, and it is up to the rest of us to cooperate to the fulfillment of this ultimate attainment.

I think am expressing the sentiment of all my children when I say that we deeply appreciate your saying that you will always think of them in a very real sense as members of your own family; because during these ten years of their sojourn in the West you have been to them not merely a gardian but a second father, who, though not the author of their birth, has been kind and loving to them as I myself would.

I think I have told you in my last letter written in Shanghai that Mary is married. She now stays in Shanghai, where she will take up hospital work in August. Arthur and his family after a short visit to Tientsin are now also back in the South. Tommie, who is with the Kailan Mining Administration, is at present in the town of Lin Hsi, where he is undergoing a vigorous course of preliminary training requisit during the probational period. Charlie is with us at home. He is just yet undecided as to what to do, but whatever line he follows, he will probably go South either to Shanghai or Nanking.

It goes without saying that the old contact the children made with you in America will be carefully and willing preserved, and it shall be a pleasure for all of us to keep alive that contact by maintaining a regular correspondence with you.

Please remember that any news concerning the person of good old "Al" (as my children sometimes call you) will be more than a mere interesting welcome to the Sun family.
With sincere wish for your health and most cordial regards,
Very sincerely yours,

Dr. Alfred E. Stearns,
Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.,
U. S. A.

P.S. I am sorry that when writing the above I did not realise that I have, not yet said anything about Charlie since his return to China. He arrived in Shanghai on the 7th of June, while I was also in the city on business. He stayed at Arthur’s house but we had occasional chats together, from which I am glad to say I find that he confirmed what you have said of him. He impressed me more than ever with your kindness to my children and the unfailing attention both you and Miss Clemons had given them during their stay in the States and to Charlie even after he had gone to England. It would be hardly adequate for me to say that I thank you, but insufficient as it is, will you please accept this my simple but most heart-felt expression of appreciation for all that you have given to my children.

Charlie is now back with us in Tientsin. He is either going to join the Diplomatic Service again or find some other kind of job in Shanghai. I personally feel that as his training in college was along the political line, he should by all means continue what he has learned and also what he has actually experienced in the London Legation. Whatever he does, I trust that he will not disappoint what you and Andover have given him, and I have confidence that that he will not do.

Charlie, I think, has written you himself; I, therefore, leave the rest to himself to say.


C.Y. Sun


Phillips Academy


July 25, 1932


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