Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. K.Y. Tu, March 31, 1926


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. K.Y. Tu, March 31, 1926


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. K.Y. Tu, March 31, 1926


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu. Stated early notice is needed for prompt remittance. Stearns was out of town for 10 days. Is upset Tu went to Ann Arbor. States Tu could not afford a week or 10 day vacation. Won't sent the additional check at this time.


My dear Tu:

I wrote you a long letter yesterday, addressed to Lima, explaining why I had been forced to delay in sending you your check and calling attention to the fact that I have tried to impress upon you and the other Chinese boys that early notice should be given of your desires if you expect prompt remittances when they are required. I am frequently out of town and in this particular case had been away for almost all of a ten day period at the time your request arrived. Consequently I could not send the money until it was a bit too late for your purposes.

In view of the fact that I sent you $50. 00 instead of the $95.00 asked for, I am both surprised and distressed that you should have made the long and expensive trip to Arm Arbor. As I explained in my letter yesterday, from January,1925, to January, 1926, your accounts show that you spent between $2900.00 and $3000.00, a tremendously excessive amount, and in view of your father’s recent and explicit instructions to me urging retrenchment, I felt and so wrote you that you simply could not afford to take a trip covering a week or ten days, only, and involving the enormous expense of practically $100.00. Under the circumstances I don’t feel that I have any right to send you the additional check at this time, for I don’t feel that you are carrying out either your father’s wishes or my own.

Very sincerely yours


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


March 31, 1926


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