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PLEASE TRANSCRIBE HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENTS FIRST. TYPED ONES ARE INCLUDED FOR HISTORICAL CONTEXT BUT WILL BE TRANSCRIBED USING OCR. ARTHUR, CHARLES, MARY, THOMAS SUN of 222 Davenport Road and later 44 Cambridge Road, Tientsin, children of Ching Ying Sun || MARY SUN was class of 1926 at Abbot Academy. She later went to Yale School of Nursing. ARTHUR KWANG I. SUN was born April 18, 1900 in Nanking and attended Tsing Hua College in Peking before Phillips Academy. Class of 1921, he studied in the Scientific department at Andover September 26, 1920 to June 17, 1921. His courses included Drawing, English 4, French 1 and 2, Solid and Plane Geometry, Physics, and Trigonometry. He lived with Phillips Academy Principal Dr. Alfred Stearns in Samaritan House. Arthur went to MIT then worked for Shanghai Municipal Government. CHARLES KWANG HWA SUN was born October 9, 1906 and went to the Stowe Grammar School (a public grammar school) in Andover before attending Phillips Academy where he studied September 13, 1921 to June 15, 1925. He was in the Classical department in his Junior and Lower years and Scientific during his Upper and Senior years. He lived with Phillips Academy Principal Dr. Alfred Stearns in Samaritan House until his senior year when he lived in Day Hall 20. He played on the soccer squad, 1922-1924, soccer team, 1924-1925, and winning club wrestling in 1923. Charlie went to Amherst College then, during the fall of 1929, Columbia University. As a diplomat, he worked in the foreign ministry in Nanking (as of 1937). THOMAS KWANG JWE SUN, class of 1927, was born July 4, 1908 and went to the Stowe Grammar School in Andover before attending Phillips Academy where he studied September 13, 1921 to June 18, 1926. He lived with Phillips Academy Principal Dr. Alfred Stearns in Samaritan House until his last two years. Upper year he was in Abbot 14 and in Johnson 1 in his repeated Upper year. He went on to Middlebury College where he was in the Delta Upsilon fraternity and played varsity football. Tommie worked in mining administration in Tongshan then insurance.

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December 26, 1929

Hon. Sao K. Alfred Sze 49 Portland Place London, W. 1 England

Dear Doctor Sze:

Thank you for your letter of December 4, advising me of Charlie Sun's arrival and your receipt of my letter of November 14. Charlie has already written me several times, and I judge from the tone of his letters that he has been passing through the natural period of homesickness and distress associated with readjustments to now conditions and the making of new contacts with strangers. I am glad to feel that a good friend like you is standing by to help him in this process.

It will be wholly satisfactory to me to have Mrs. Sze bring the jade to New York with her when she makes the trip later. My own son is located in New York now and I can easily arrange to have him meet her if desired on her arrival.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of New Years, and with kind personal regards, believe me

Very sincerely yours,

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Sze 12/2[6?]

49 Portland Place London, W. 1. December 4, 1929

Dr. Alfred E. Stearns 6 School Street Andover, Mass. U. S. A.

Dear Dr. Stearns,

I am just writing a line to tell you that Charlie has arrived and I have also received your letter of November 14th. My wife plans to visit New York City the latter part of January. I will ask her to bring the piece of jade to New York with her. In due course I will let you know the name of her steamer and the date of arrival. When convenient will you let me know whether there are is any friends of yours in New York to whom she may entrust the jade?

With the compliments of the Season,

Yours sincerely,

Sao-Ke Alfred Sze

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49 Portland Place London, W. 1. December 4, 1929

Dr. Alfred E. Stearns 6 School Street Andover, Mass. U. S. A.

Dear Dr. Stearns,

I am just writing a line to tell you that Charlie has arrived and I have also received your letter of November 14th. My wife plans to visit New York City the latter part of January. I will ask her to bring the piece of jade to New York with her. In due course I will let you know the name of her steamer and the date of arrival. When convenient will you let me know whether there are is any friends of yours in New York to whom she may entrust the jade?

With the compliments of the Season,

Yours sincerely,

Sao-Ke Alfred Sze

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December 26, 1929

Mr. Charles Sun 49 Portland Place London, W. 1, England

Dear Charlie:

I have read with a good deal of interest and some amusement and lots of sympathy your good letter of December 12. It is mighty nice of you to keep me so thoroughly posted as to your new surroundings and prospects and foolings. Don't get over-pessimistic, however, at the start. As you become adjusted to the new surroundings, the colder houses, and the English diet, to say nothing of the weather I really believe that the outlook will brighten up. Every one who goes to England for the first time is pretty sure to have an experience and reactions similar to yours.

Miss Clemons I know will be delighted to look you up if she goes to London. Further, I am sure that Marjorie would be more than pleased to have a chance to see you, and as she occasionally goes to London, I imagine that you ought to be able to get together some time.

Tom was here two or three days ago and had lunch with me. He is about as distressed over his immediate future as you are over yours, for he feels that his father's wish to have him study for a degree is not going to get him very far, and he is futher convinced that it is going to be terribly difficult for him to go back to China and swing into the old ways. Tom seems to have done remarkably well at Middlebury and has earned the high regard of students, faculty, and townspeople alike. His development has been a source of real satisfaction to me, for as you know, it took him a good while to get really started.

I am delighted to know that Dr. Sze shares my own feelings about your father's desire to have you get another degree. [Hang?] [the?] degrees, which in themselves, at least, mean so little. What you accomplish and what you are yourself are the things that count in live and not the degrees that you happen to be able to tack on to your name. I do wish your father could appreciate this, for I am sure that more than one Chinese student who has come to this country and been forced to work for a degree and hence look on it with undue reverence has been actually injured in the process and far less able to do his real job in the world as a result.

I know it is going to be difficult to make your father realize all this, but I am going to try my best to put the situation to him tactfully and beg him to let you do something more worth while. If Dr. Sze is willing to cooperate to the extent of writing your father in the same vein, I am sure it would help mightily. Naturally I do not expect too much from anything I may

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say, for I doubt if your father has fully forgiven me yet for urging him to allow Mary to give up her college course, which in her case was little more than a farce, and to take up the nursing, in which she is naturally so efficient and in which also she is evidently finding keen delight. Certainly if you are to do a real job in London, you can't be expected to find the time and strength to invest on the outside in the hunt for a degree. That, at least, your father should realize.

So keep up your courage and take care of your health. We will work this thing out, and right, in the end if we stick to it and are patient.

Wishing you an increasingly happy and prosperous New Year, and with warm personal regards, believe me

Ever faithfully yours,

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