Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mrs. Henry H. Hollister (Mabel Dodge)


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mrs. Henry H. Hollister (Mabel Dodge)


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mrs. Henry H. Hollister (Mabel Dodge)


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mary Dodge Hollister about Helen's placement in summer camp. Thanks Hollister for a clear view of the camp's character and ages of the campers. Plans to show Helen the letter and get opinion of the camp. Plans to place Helen in the camp if Helen is agreeable. Believes Helen would be helpful with the younger girls. Hopes to provide an answer in a postscript. Apologizes for the delay in response.


June 10, 1927

Mrs. Henry H. Hollister
195 Heights Road
Ridgewood, N.J.

My dear Mrs. Hollister:

Thank you for your last letter with its clear explanation of the character of your camp and the ages of the campers. The picture, too, helps me visualize things, and I am going to show it to Helen Tsai tonight.

Helen has just finished her school year at the Whittier School in Merrimac and is staying a few days at Phillips Inn next door to me here in Andover. If Helen herself does not feel too strongly that she wishes to be older girls, I am very much disposed to let her go to you. Frankly, I am not at all averse to keeping her young a year or two longer. She is unspoiled to date and I shall dread the day when she becomes too sophisticated.

If I can come to a satisfactory conclusion by tomorrow, I shall perhaps be able to add a postscript to this letter, giving you the final decision. In the meantime, I hope I am not embarrassing you unduly by the necessary delay occasioned both by my recent absence from town and my inability to talk the matter over with Helen herself before this time. If she does go to you, I think you will find her extremely helpful with the younger girls, at least Mrs. Russell of the Whittier School has frequently spoken to me of her helpfulness there in this capacity.

Very sincerely yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


June 10, 1927


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