Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. Ying Chiun Lo, March 4, 1907


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. Ying Chiun Lo, March 4, 1907


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Mr. Ying Chiun Lo, March 4, 1907


Typed letter sent from Alfred E. Stearns to Ying Chiun Lo. Explains brother's school would be a good fit. States it was designed to prepare boys to enter Phillips Academy. States it is the school's first year. Explains the work is almost like private tutoring. Describes the school. Describes the current Chinese students attending Phillips Academy.


4 March 1907

Mr. Ying Chinn Lo,
Oakland, Cal.

Dear Sir:-

On my return to Andover after an absence of a few days I find your letter of the 21st inst., which has been acknowledge in my absence by our Registrar, Mr. Bancroft. It has occurred to me that a small home school not far from here, with which a brother of mine is associated, and which is designed primarily to fit boys to meet our entrance requirements, might offer you just the kind of work you most need to enable you to enter the Academy next fall. While the school is designed primarily for young boys, this is its first year, and the few boys who are there vary in age from fifteen to eighteen years. The nature of the work is largely personal, in fact almost equivalent to private tutoring. At the same time, the home life which is provided would offer you an exceptionally good opportunity to perfect your English. The terms are very reasonable. The location makes it possible for you to visit Andover from time to time on the occasion of affairs of interest, while, as I have before said, the work is based almost wholly on the scholarship requirements of Phillips Academy. I know of no other place where you would be more likely to secure the special work and attention needed to make your later work here most successful. I shall be glad to advise you further in regard to this school, should you so desire. If the plan meets with your approval, the earlier you can get started, the better.

As Mr. Bancroft has written you, we have a number of Chinese students in the school, seven in all. Some of these are Government students, and others are private students. The majority have come here through the influence of the present Chinese Minister to this country, Sir Chentung Liang Cheng, who was himself at one time a student in the school, and who has always been a loyal friend. He is at present the President of our Washington Alumni Association, and only last week I had the pleasure of dining with him in Washington, He plans to send his own boys to us in the near future.

Kindly advise me if I can be of any further assistance in providing for your work, and believe me,

Very truly yours,


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


March 4, 1907


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