Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu, March 24, 1927


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu, March 24, 1927


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu, March 24, 1927


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu. States Philadelphia is the best choice for Tu's vacation. Explains previous wards had chosen to stay at the college or town to save expenses or focus on studies. Explains this is why Tu's vacations make Stearns apprehensive. Enclosed check for vacation. Emphasized the importance of keeping expenses low. States current events in China makes future funds uncertain. Asks for detailed account of expenditures.


March 24, 1927
Mr. K.Y.Tu
Genesee Wesleyan Seminary

My dear Tu:

I have your letter of March 22. Apparently Philadelphia offers you your best chance if, as you intimate, you are bound to go to some big city for your vacation. Of the scores of Chinese boys who have been under my charge in recent years, a large number have regularly stayed through the vacation periods in their school or college towns, both to save expense and to do further work on their studies. So far as I can recall, I have never received from you any intimation that such a desirable course was to be even considered. That is the chief reason I am always disturbed when your vacation periods come around.

As it is impossible for me to argue this with you at this long distance, I am sending you, though very reluctantly, the necessary funds to cover the vacation expense. I can’t refrain from emphasizing again, however, the tremendous importance of keeping your expenses to the lowest possible limit, and largely because of the terribly upset conditions in China today and the naturally uncertain status of your father’s affairs. Of course if the funds from China cease coming for the above reasons, it will be necessary for you to give up your schooling entirely and go to work to earn money, if any work can be found. That is why I am more distressed than you can imagine to have you draw on your present limited balance to any extent beyond that which absolute necessity demands.

If you do use the money in the way intimated, be sure to send me a detailed account of all expenditures.

Sincerely yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


March 24, 1927


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