Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. H.K. Tu, December 29, 1925


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. H.K. Tu, December 29, 1925


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. H.K. Tu, December 29, 1925


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to H.K. Tu. Acknowledged letter from November 23 and check. Explains son K.Y. Tu isn't indulging in undue extravagances except for vacation expenses. Explains Stearns has no objections as long as money is sent to cover but since no money is sent for vacation, Stearns advises K.Y. Tu to live cheaply during vacations. Asks H.K. Tu for advice. Enclosed copy of account up to December 1.


December 29, 1925
Connaught Road
Shanghai, China

My dear Mr.Tu:

I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of November 23, enclosing check for $600.00, which, as requested, has been deposited to the account of your son. As the boy had already overdrawn his account by several hundred dollars, the receipt of your cheek was doubly welcome.

I have constantly urged upon your boy the necessity of keeping his expenses within proper limits, but apparently without the greatest success. I cannot find that he is indulging in any undue extravagances in themselves, but his vacation expenses, for example, are bound to be high if he travels to New York or Chicago to visit his friends, as he appears to feel that it is necessary for him to do. In my last letter to him, I told him that I had no objection whatever to such trips, provided you showed your approval of then by remitting sufficient funds to cover them, but that, in view of the fact that you had not done so, I felt equally clear that it was my duty to urge him to give up the trips in question and live gristly and cheaply during the vacation period. I do not quite know what to do in the matter and shall, therefore, welcome your frank advice. In order that you may understand my position, fully, I am enclosing a copy of the letter referred to. If my position is not in every way sound, please be perfectly frank to tell me so for I am serious only to carry out your own wishes and to help you realise your personal ambitions for the boy.

I am also enclosing a copy of his expense account up to December 1st, so that you may see just how the situation stands and the extent and character of expenditures to date.
Wishing you a truly happy and prosperous new year and with kindest personal regards, believe me

Very sincerely yours.


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


December 29, 1925


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