Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Miss Alice M. Duran, March 25, 1907


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Miss Alice M. Duran, March 25, 1907


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Miss Alice M. Duran, March 25, 1907


Typed letter sent from Alfred E. Stearns to Alice M. Duran. Discussed with brother about looking after Chinese boys from California. States brother is willing to host boys over the summer. Provides details about the school. Will ask brother to communicate with her about cost.


25 March 1907

Miss Alice M. Duren,
Oakland, Cal.

My dear Miss Duren:-

I am very grateful to you for your full and explicit letter of the 16th inst., which I have just received. My experience with the Chinese during the past few years leads me to feel that we shall be able to make wholly satisfactory arrangements for your friend, Mr. Lo. These boys are most attractive fellows, and it is a great pleasure to work with them. We find them among our very best students, always courteous, deferential, and thoroughly gentlemanly. The work of these boys has invariably been based on the entrance requirements of the best scientific schools of the East. I infer that this would be the course which Mr. Lo would desire to follow.

My brother happened to be in Andover about a week ago, and I talked over with him the possibility of looking after the Chinese boys from California, for I understand from Mr. Lo’s letter that a friend of his was to accompany him. My brother’s school closes the latter part of June, but as he plans to be there during the summer, he tells me that he would be willing to keep the boys there and work with them until the fall. Ordinarily he has been connected with a summer camp where individual work of this kind is done. As my brother is thoroughly familiar with our requirements here, I think he will be able to cover the ground in a satisfactory way. His school is located at Mount Vernon, New Hampshire, a short distance from Nashua. I will ask him [illegible] to correspond with you about the cost, since I do not know just what his charges would be for the entire summer work. The ordinary charges of the school are reasonable, below, in fact, those charged by most schools of this kind. I will ask my brother to send you full particulars.

I understand that Mr. Lo will communicate with me from Washington, and I shall be glad to write him there. The Chinese Minister is thoroughly familiar with the conditions here, and will no doubt be able to give the young man such advice as he needs. I hope that you, too, will feel perfectly free to write me from time to time, offering such suggestions as may occur to you whereby Mr. Lo’s work may be made as satisfactory and beneficial as possible.

Very truly yours,



Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


March 25, 1907


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