Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. H.K. Tu, April 13, 1925


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. H.K. Tu, April 13, 1925


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. H.K. Tu, April 13, 1925


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to H.K. Tu. Acknowledged receipt of $600 check. Used for overdraft. Encouraged son to exercise care with expenses. Explains son's giving and generous nature would need to be curbed, rather than personal or selfish extravangance.


April1 13, 1925
Mr. H.K.Tu
689 Kong Lok Li
Connaught Road
Shanghai, China

My dear Mr. Tu:

Your most interesting letter of March 16th has just reached me and I hasten to thank you for it and to express my appreciation of the friendly and generous sentiments it contains. May I also use this opportunity to thank you again and most heartily for the unique and highly prized present you were so thoughtful as to send me through your boy. The God of happiness which is now sheltered by my roof, ought to inspire cheerful sentiments in everyone who gazes on his smiling countenance. Certainly I shall always prize and value the gift most highly, both for its own intrinsic worth and for the friendly thought that started it on its long Journey to its new home.

Your check for $600 was duly received and acknowledged, at the time. Doubtless the acknowledgment has reached you before this. Unfortunately it was necessary to cover a considerable overdraft with the amount but 1 am urging your hoy to exercise every care to avoid unnecessary expenditures to make the balance last as long as possible. He wished to make a loan to a fellow student now in Boston but 1 explained to him that in view of the small balance remaining in his favor it was not fair to do this and that he must explain to his friend just why. He is naturally so generous that he seems likely to need curbing in matters of this kind rather than in the matter of personal and selfish extravagance.

With renewed assurance of my appreciation of your generous thought of me, and with kindest regards, believe me

Sincerely and gratefully yours.


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


April 13, 1925


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