Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu, June 23, 1931


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Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu, June 23, 1931


Letter from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu, June 23, 1931


Typed letter sent from Dr. Alfred E. Stearns to Admiral H.K. Tu. Received letter of May 28 with check of $600. Asked K.Y. Tu to meet in Andover to discuss future plans. Met Mrs. Pettingill, whose husband had been stationed in Peking. Hopes to continue hearing form H.K. Tu.


June 23, 1931

Admiral H.K.Tu
148 Fok Sui Li
Route Joseph Frelupt
Shanghai, China

My dear Admiral Tu:

I have your interesting letter of May 28, with the accompanying draft for six hundred dollars for the credit your boy. Needless to say, I will see that your instructions are carried out to the best of my ability, and I am writing Kong today asking him to come out to Andover as soon as he can to discuss with me his plans. I can only hope that the boy’s stay and training in this country, however much he may have failed to achieve high results scholastically, may prove in the end to have been well worth while and enable him to render as a result a larger and more helpful service to his country and the world. My good will and best wishes will follow him back to the homeland, and I shall hope most earnestly to hear of his later progress and successes there. In the meantime, xxfriendly ad sympathetic cooperation which you have always contributed to wards every effort put forth in your boy’s behalf has been more deeply appreciated by me than I can never express.

I chanced to meet at a dinner in a nearby city recently a warm friend of yours – Mrs. Pettingill, whose husband was formerly stationed, I believe, at the United States Legation at Peiping. We had a most interesting and enjoyable discussion of China and some of our mutual friends there, I am sure your ears would have burned, as we say in America, if you could have heard the good things that were said about you. Mrs. Pettingill, if I have the name correctly, is certainly a warm admirer of yours.

May I express the hope that even if Kong no longer furnishes the immediate occasion for your so doing, you will give me the great pleasure of letting me hear from you now and then, for I should hate to feel that I had lost complete touch with one for whom I have come to entertain so high a regard and whom I hope always to consider a friend.

Very sincerely yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


June 23, 1931


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