Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu, December 22, 1925


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu, December 22, 1925


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu, December 22, 1925


Typed letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu about the state of Tu's finances. Explains Tu's account is overdrawn between $300 and $400. Has not received remittance from father. Advanced $500 to cover overdraft. States Tu must curb expenses and live within means. Does not want to limit Tu, but Stearns cannot send more money without approval from Tu's father. States he cannot keep borrowing with the hope Tu's father will pay. Advises Tu to contact his father and explain the cost of Tu's expenses.


December 22, 1925
Genesee Wesleyan Seminary
Lima, New York

My dear Tu:

Our exchange of messages during days has caused me a good bit of trouble but much more anxiety than trouble; I don’t mind the former, but the latter is serious. Frankly, it is not easy to handle your affairs at this distance for I don’t feel at all sure of my ground.

After sending you several small checks called for by your several requests I finally received your telegram asking for the much larger amount to cover vacation expenses. To comply with this request request seemed a bit difficult and unwise under the circumstances, for you had already overdrawn your account between $300 and $400, and this could have made a deficit of over $500. I finally sent you by telegraph $75 which it seems to me ought to be made to cover vacation expenses. Of course, a trip to either New York or Chicago would probably involve much more than this; but I am perfectly sure that if your father meant you to make trips of this kind and to such distances, he would have provided you the necessary funds for these trips cannot be made without heavy expenses. The very fact that I have received no remittance from him for a long time and that I voluntarily advanced approximately $500 on your account has already convinced me that you have simply got to curb these expenses and live within your means.

Please understand that I have no desire to restrict your proper activities and that once I have the full approval from your father to advance you necessary funds to enable you to travel and visit and indulge in other expanses, I shall be ready and willing to pass them on to you. I am confident, however, that your father is eager to have you keep your expenses down and certainly I cannot fairly be expected to borrow way in advance on your behalf just because I feel that your father is an honorable man and will meet the obligation in due season.when becomes known to him. That is not playing fair with him at all and I am already very fearful that he will be naturally distressed and perhaps annoyed then he finds how far I have allowed you to overdraw your account and run up additional bills. Of course, I can simply refuse to advance more money and I am afraid that I may be forced to take that step if things keep on in this way. In the mean time, I would suggest that you make your father realise, if you can, just what your legitimate expenses are bound to come to and ask him to see that some funds are placed in. my hands in advance to enable me to meet them for you. Of course, if he prefers to send the money direct to you, I haven’t a word to say for I am assuming this responsibility only on your father’s request and in the belief that by doing it, I might be doing a real favor to him and to you.

Very sincerely yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


December 22, 1925


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