Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu, June 5, 1929


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu, June 5, 1929


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu, June 5, 1929


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu. Enclosed monthly allowance. Able to do so due to a check sent by Tu's father. States it is his father's last check. Explains it can be used to return home or if Tu remains, he should become an apprentice to a job. States father prefers a job in a Ford factory. Explains if Tu remains in America, Tu must pay his own way.


June 5, 1929

Mr. K.Y.Tu
438 Columbus Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts

My dear Tu:

I am enclosing the customary check for one hundred dollars for your June allowance and am propted to do so by the receipt yesterday of a letter from your father enclosing a check for your account, from which I quote: “You will please inform my son that this is my last remittance. Should he wish to return, he may use it as his passage money, and should he decide to remain, to be an apprentice in any job that would suit him most, I would not object”….. “Would it be possible to get him in one of the Ford factories?” From the above, it is evident that your father is willing that you should take a job in the Ford factory, for example, if you could secure one. It is equally clear that he is unwilling for your to continue your education along the lines you have been following to date.

Under the circumstances, it is evident that your father expects you to earn your own way if you are to remain in this country. I am sending the check, therefore, that you may be able to clear up your present indebtedness and have an opportunity to search at once for a good job if you are to delay the return to China.

Faithfully yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


June 5, 1929


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