Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. K.Y. Tu, December 22, 1926


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. K.Y. Tu, December 22, 1926


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. K.Y. Tu, December 22, 1926


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to K.Y. Tu. Asks why Tu is traveling to Michigan through New York City. Explains father still wants Tu to cut expenses and $150 is too much. Will not send money for it. Disappoint Tu is in New York City, which is a dangerous place to be. Won't endorse plans made without his knowledge.


December 22. 1926
C/o H. K. Shen
403 West 115th St.
New York City

My dear Tu:

I have just received your letter of December 20 and note that you are in New York City on your nay to Michigan. Why you should go to New York to reach Michigan, I don't at all understand. Further I am sure that your father would not approve of the long journey and expense involved in making the Michigan trip. If your cousin needs to see you, he can make the trip to you as readily as you can sake the trip to him.

Only yesterday I received a letter from your father in which he again requested that I would "attempt once more to persuade my boy to perform his duties and to realise his own responsibilities about his future." A vacation such as you have planned and involving an expense of over $150.00 is not only uncalled for but certainly not in accord with the expressed wishes of your father. Under the circumstances I can't send you the money for the same, for to do so would be clearly to violate the confidence your father has reposed in me in this matter.

Further, I am not at all happy to know that you are in New York, where there are so many distractions and temptations and where unfortunately many of your own countrymen, who are supposed to be in this country for high and serious purposes, have earned a reputation by their conduct and standards that is anything but creditable to them and to their country. There are many of the other kind there, too, of course, but I have heard the best of my Chinese friends, who know the conditions intimately, say again and again that New York is a dangerous place for the average Chinese boy to be. I am sorry that you did not early discuss your plans with me, for I am not willing to endorse plans made in advance and without any knowledge, especially when they involve heavy and wholly unreasonable expense.

Very sincerely yours


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


December 22, 1926


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