Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Fayuen Sun, May 28, 1912


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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Fayuen Sun, May 28, 1912


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Fayuen Sun, May 28, 1912


Typed letter sent from Alfred E. Stearns to Fayuen Sun. States Mr. Wong in Washington is in charge of Sun's affairs. Urges Sun to report to Mr. Wong in Washington as requested. Chastises Sun for not living up to the standards set by previous Chinese students.


My dear Fayuen:

Your letter with its request for your monthly allowance, which I have just received, comes as a decided surprise. I hardly see how you could have sent it. Mr. Wong in Washington now has charge of your affairs, and Mrs. Hall and I have both learned to our surprise and deep regret that he has been unable to persuade you to carry out his wishes and came to Washington, although in making that request he has been acting with the approval and authority of your father and Mr. Tong. At Mr. Tong’s request, after he had talked the matter over with your father, I forwarded to Mr. Wong in Washington funds to be used to meet your expenses. Mr. Wong now has charge of your affairs, therefore. He has requested you to report in Washington before this, and I hope you will have sense enough to appreciate the importance of obeying his instructions and going to Washington at once. It is certainly unfair to your father and Mr. Tong for you to go on as you have done thus far. Incidentally I cannot help feeling that in years to come you will be chagrined and humiliated to look back on your record in America and realize that you have fallen so far short of attaining the splendid standards which have been so uniformly maintained by the other Chinese boys who have come to us in recent years. I cannot help feeling that a deep obligation rests upon you involving your country as well as your parents and immediate friends. Won’t you try to appreciate this fact before it is too late, and do what you can in the time remaining to win for yourself something at least of that enviable reputation which the other Chinese boys have so justly won.

Assuring you of my deep personal interest in you and your welfare, and of my desire at all times to aid you in any definite way in attaining those standards to which I have referred, believe me,

Very sincerely yours,


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


May 28, 1912


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