Letter to Robert Elliott Speer and Emma Bailey Speer, 25 October 1931
astonished each would be if he could show the other, + of the contrast in the ways they live. Some of the mohair curtains I think we'll put up in Augusta's room. The Indian bed spread Father gave me is on the couch in the study.
I was [greatly?] astonished at the announcement of Edith Hilles' marriage, who is Dr. Lovett whatever his name is?
Last week I had luncheon at Dr. Stuart's with the League of Nations commission on Cultural Cooperation with China -- five very distinguished + delightful gentlemen. Dr. Tawney of London, an Englishman from the League of Nations permanent staff, a Pole, a former German Minister of Education, + a charming French physicist. They had been in China over three weeks in Shanghai, Nanking, Tientsin + Peking, + had been wined + dined + escorted hither + yon. And they told me they had met only one Chinese woman so far. Could anything be more stupid?
Mr. [Creelman's?] protege, Ah Chang, --now my protege, comes to call on me every other Sunday morning. He is a sweet lad, about sixteen., going to Truth Hall, + finding life in the North very strange after Canton. He came this morning right after breakfast; we took him to church + then he came back again + stayed til we had to go out to lunch.
Did I tell you that we have a new boy, the [cout's?] younger brother? He has never waited on table before, but his standards of cleanliness are high, for he was a coolie at the P.U.M.C. for three years. He is very energetic + very talkative, quite a helpful trait for it provides