Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Hon. H.K. Tu, November 15, 1926


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Hon. H.K. Tu, November 15, 1926


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Hon. H.K. Tu, November 15, 1926


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to H.K. Tu. States K.Y. Tu is doing better with expenses and living frugally. Will send reports when received. Provides report from director of Camp Otter in regards to K.Y. Tu. Believes the situation has improved since the summer.


November 15, 1926
Hon. H.K.Tu
Ministry of Navy M
Peking, China

My dear Mr. Tu

I have your friendly letter of October 18.

So far as I can tell, your son is doing much better this year along the lines mentioned in my last letter. The head of his school has promised full cooperation in the efforts to make the boy realise the value of money, especially, and the importance of making the most in every way of the opportunities now offered him for study and general development. He has certainly done more careful in the matter of his expenditures, and I am consequently hopeful that the tide has turned. Of course I am only desirous of carrying out your expressed wishes for the boy, though I am inclined to think that he, himself, regards me as something of an autocrat in the matter and hence is not disposed to feel so friendly as might otherwise be the case. In years to come, however, I am sure that he will appreciate that I had in mind only his best interests and that the realization of this will result in a friendly feeling.

I have no special reports to pass on to you except those which I have come to me verbally and those which I have already told you. Whatever reports I do get, you shall have them, as requested. At the close of this past summer camp session the director of Camp Otter told me, as I believe I have already told you, that your boy was the most difficult fellow to deal with in the whole group and that in consequence he would not be willing to have him return another season. He complained that he was not amenable to discipline and that he was not willing to observe the regulations of all the boys in camp; and he also felt as strongly as I that the boy had no sense whatever of the value of money but spent it freely whenever the opportunity offered and whenever the whim moved him to do so.

I am sorry to send a report like this but am doing so only because you have requested it. All this happened last summer, and, as I said earlier is my letter, I have reason to feel this fall that the situation has definitely improved - at least I have not been called on as frequently as formerly for money, and I have been assured by the boy himself that he has been working harder than ever before.

With kind personal regards and trusting that the unsettled affairs in your land may speedily be straightened out to the ultimate advantage and strength of the nation, believe me


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


November 15, 1926


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