Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu, January 17, 1927


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu, January 17, 1927


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu, January 17, 1927


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu. Thanks Tu for the Christmas present. States it has not yet arrived but is still grateful. States son has improved in financial responsibilities. States improvement in studies has not happened yet. Discusses current events in China.


January 17, 1927

Admiral H.K.Tu
Peking, China

My dear Mr. Tu:

I have delayed answering your letter of November 26 in the hope that I might be able to acknowledge receipt of and thank you for the onerous Christens tokens which you refer to as having sent me by American express. So far the box has not yet appeared but I am just as grateful to you for the thought, even though the actual objects may have been lost. It was good of you to think of me, especially at the Christmas season, though it is my earnest wish that you should not feel that you are in any way obligated to me because of the little that I have tried, and am still trying to do for year son. I count it a real privilege to be able to help these youngsters from a foreign land to make the most of their Amarican stay and connections, and I have derived a great deal of enjoyment in the attempt.

I think it only fair to say that your boy appears to be facing his financial obligations this year with a much keener sense of responsibility than he had previously shown. While his natural inclination is to spend freely, he seems at least to have kept his expenses pretty well within bound since current school year opened. I am not sure that he is making quite so good progress in his studies as he ought to make. I have constantly urge him and his instructors as well to

We are naturally concerned over the reports that reach us from China these days, and I can only hope that matters will eventually and speedily adjust themselves on a plane that represents complete justice to all and that will guarantee for the future a strong and united nation. I can well imagine that the strain upon you must be very great in these uncertain days, and my sympathy and good will go out to you in fullest measure.
Wishing you a truly happy and prosperous New Year and with kind personal regards, believe me

Very sincerely yours.


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


January 17, 1927


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