Letter from Alice M. Duran to Mr A.E. Stearns, March 16, 1907


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Letter from Alice M. Duran to Mr A.E. Stearns, March 16, 1907


Letter from Alice M. Duran to Mr A.E. Stearns, March 16, 1907


Typed letter sent from Alice M. Duran to Alfred E. Stearns about Mr. Ying Chiun-Lo. Explains Ying is currently studying English with her in California. Believes Ying should be in an East Coast preparatory school in order to attend college on the East Coast. States individualized instruction offered at Stearns' brother's school would benefit the most. Requests information about the school. Describs Ying's past education. Describes Ying's character. States there is a connection between Ying and the current Chinese minister. Advised Ying to communicate with Stearns once arriving in Washington, D.C.


March 16, 1907.

Mr. A. E. Stearns,
Principal Phillips Academy,
Andover, Massachusetts

Dear Sir,

In behalf of Mr. Ying Chiun-Lo, I acknowledge your favor of the 4tn instant to him.
Mr. Lo arrived from Canton, China, January 21. I was recommended to him from the San Francisco Chinese Consulate as a teacher of English. He has been studying English with me since February 1. I am, otherwise, a teacher in the Public Schools of the Department of this city.

It has devolved upon me, additionally, Mr. Lo being wholly a stranger to this Coast, to obtain information for him regarding preparatory schools, both here and in the East. Mr. Lo has been so undecided as to his future college course, and, in fact, upon nearly every point connected with his present and future movements, it has been most difficult to advise him.

The one point upon which he has been certain from the first is that his UNIVERSITY course will eventually be obtained at some Eastern College. Additionally, he now has in mind that he will make this the Electrical Engineering course. These facts have led me to strongly advise an Eastern preparatory school of unquestionable standing. Incidentally, I might say, I am a N.E. woman by birth and by education, brought up near Boston, in Woburn and Lexington, and just returned the latter part of January from there, from a twenty months’ leave of absence, so naturally, Eastern institutions are well known to me. I had nearly brought Mr. Lo to deciding upon your Academy when your letter XX me. Your letter has now clinched the matter, I think, and Mr. Lo will probably leave for the East upon reply to this and upon advices from the Chinese Legation at Washington.

Mr. Lo greatly needs the individualized work of a home school such as you offer in that with which your brother is connected. This was a was point upon which was particularly anxious,— that Mr. Lo should be so placed upon arrival in the East that he should lose no time; and further , that he might, between now and the next Sept., so additionally prepare himself as to enter a more advanced class than the beginning class of the Academy. This last point is to the end that he may so shorten and lessen the cost of his preparatory course. In all that I say, I am voicing Mr. Lo’s wishes, as I have advised with him. I am satisfied that he can make an advanced class by next Sept, by following your suggestion of the Home School. regarding this home school, will you please tell me where it is located; also, can you give the cost, approximately, per month, of expense [sic] of the same , covering board and room, tuition etc. Also, will this school be in session during the Summer months. Mr. Lo desires to continue his studies during them.

Mr. Lo' s education has been wholly in the Canton Schools,— the past eight months under a most excellent teacher, a Mr. Samuel S.Young, a native Chinese of San Francisco, graduated from State University and from a post-graduate course at Columbia. Mr. Lo has completed Plane Geometry, Simple Equations in Algebra, a little of English History, Physics, and Chemistry. All this work has been done in his native Chinese; additionally, he has studied English including English Grammar. I will say concerning his English that I find it, both written and spoken averaging better than that of other Chinese whom I have taught.

Like all the Chinese, I think you will find Mr. Lo eager and glad to learn, a thoroughly satisfactory student in every way. He is 13 years of age, rather immature, and quite timid, -this last naturally arising from his lack of English and the strangeness of his surroundings. I am quite sure that with a little personal attention and encouragement on your part and from those with whom he will be connected during the next few months, Mr. Lo will so develop as to enter upon his student work in your Academy at the beginning of the fall term most satisfactorily prepared for advanced work, and a promising student. To this end, Mr. Lo will need advice from you as to the work he should do in this home school, and later, as to the Academy course that will properly prepare him for the University course he has elected.

There is some connection, — no relation, I believe,—between the present Chinese Minister at Washington, and Mr. Lo's family, and Mr. Lo purposes visiting Sir Chentung Liang Cheng, enroute to Andover.

I shall advise Mr. Lo to communicate with you from Washington. I wonder if it would be possible for him to be met in Boston by some one; perhaps better, you will instruct him upon hearing from him from Washington.

I have made this letter rather lengthly to embody the necessary points of Mr. Lo’s wishes; and explicit, hoping that it may facilitate matters with regard to him. I am much interested in Mr. Lo personally and as a student and desire to help him all possible.

Thanking you for your kind and explicit letter to Mr. Lo, which, likewise, has been most helpful to me, in adjusting this matter, I remain,

Your most sincerely,


Alice M. Duran


Phillips Academy


March 16, 1907


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