Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Commander H.K. Tu, February 5, 1925


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Commander H.K. Tu, February 5, 1925


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Commander H.K. Tu, February 5, 1925


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Commander H.K. Tu. Paid up several accounts. Enclosed statement. Hopes additional remittances will be sent. Explains cost of living and education in America has increases significantly in recent years. States son is working hard.


February 5, 1925

Commander H.K.Tu
Admiralty House
Nanking, China

My dear Mr. Tu:

Your boy is considerably exercised over his financial prospects, for, as you may well imagine, the money which you sent him has been very largely spent already in meeting obligations considered at the outset of his American career. I have recently paid up several accounts for him which were based on loans made by friends when he was awaiting funds from home and legitimate bills contracted since his arrival here have been paid so far as the funds permitted. I am enclosing a statement so you may see where the money placed in my hands has gone to date, and I shall be glad to send you, if you desire, the receipts covering these expenditures which I hold in my files.

Under the circumstances I hope that we shall receive further and early remittances from you, for I don’t like to let bills run and I dislike exceedingly to borrow funds in behalf of individual boys. It is pretty difficult for these in China to realize the enormous increase in the price of living and everything else that has taken place in America during the last few years. It is certainly no exaggeration to say that it costs Chinese boys who come to us in these modern days at least double as much for the necessities of life and for their educational expenses as it cost the boys who used to come to us fifteen or twenty years go and for whom I acted as American guardian at that times. We all regret that this is so, but cannot do anything but accept the plain facts that surround us.

I have every reason to think that your son is working very hard to prepare himself to meet the requirements which will enable him to take a regular place in the school next year and complete with us his preparation for the higher institution and more advanced work. He seems most responsive to whatever suggestion I am disposed to make to him and very eager to do the right thing by us all.

Very sincerely yours.


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


February 5, 1925


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