Royall Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, September 18, 1916
Château de Genay
18 Sept. 1916.Monday.
When I look back on those four days in Paris the thought of you, and of Robert very near you, fills my mind and my heart. No one else in the world could have been to Elisina what you were then,On September 12, 1916, Elisina Tyler’s son, Gerard Grant Richards, was killed by the collapse of a tunnel of sand in which he was playing on a beach in Cornwall. Eric Maclagan wired the news to Royall Tyler at Genay and to Mildred Barnes Bliss in Paris. Elisina Tyler went to England, and Royall Tyler returned to Genay. See Alan Price, The End of the Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton and the First World War (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996), 98–99. See also letter of September 20, 1916.—I have just got a telegram saying she has safely landed at Southampton after a perfect passage, and I feel that the journey also was influenced by you.
My most devoted love to you and Robert.
Always yours sincerely