Royall Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, January 21, 1909
49 Quai de Bourbon, 4ème
January 21st 1909.Thursday.
As you will see by the address, I have changed my lodging. I now live in the last house49 Quai de Bourbon on the Île-St.-Louis in Paris, designed in 1660 by French architect François Louis Le Vau (1613–1676), who built his own house at 45 Quai de Bourbon and another house at 51 Quai de Bourbon. on the Ile-St.-Louis, with the most beautiful view of the river, the towers of Notre DameNotre Dame de Paris, a Gothic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. and the Dome of the Pantheon.The Panthéon, a Neoclassical church in the Latin Quarter of Paris. I have been so busy moving and working that I have had no time to write before. I arrived in Paris just after you were here last.In his letter to Mildred Barnes Bliss of October 26, 1908, Royall Tyler writes that he is sorry that he was not in Paris on October 10, and that he will be “in Paris for a bit in December.” He was still in Barcelona on November 20, 1908, when he wrote his friend, Joan Maragall i Gorina (1860–1911), a Catalan poet. Twenty-five letters from Royall Tyler to Joan Maragall are housed in the Maragall Archives, “Fons personal de Joan Maragall,” at the Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona. The Blisses had seen Royall Tyler in Paris in July 1908 (Mildred Barnes Bliss to William Henry Bliss, July 31, 1908, Blissiana files, William Henry Bliss correspondence). The book is going well. And half of it is on the way to the printers and a good deal of the rest is written. Castle is typing it for me, which makes it much easier. Beside this, I have had a good deal to do for the EncyclopaediaThe Enciclopedia Universal Ilustrada Europeo-Americana (also called Enciclopedia Espasa, or Enciclopedia Espasa-Calpe, after its publisher), a Spanish encyclopedia comprising seventy-two volumes and published from 1908 to 1930, with a ten-volume appendix published from 1930 to 1933. The encyclopedia was being prepared by Royall Tyler’s friend, Miguel Utrillo y Molins (1862–1934), a Spanish painter and art critic. See letter of March 2, 1908. and some articles for a magazine called “The Englishwoman”The Englishwoman was founded and edited by Elisina Grant Richards (later Elisina Tyler). The first number came out in February 1909. which is coming out next week. It is the organ of the Conservative branch of the Females of BritainPossibly a reference to the women in the Primrose League, an organization for promoting Conservative principles in Great Britain. It was founded in 1883 and was active through the 1990s. and promises to give sport. Send 12/- for your subscription to a bookseller in London and you’ll see my effort. I hoped to be let off signing it but they told me I must.
In a few days I am going back to Barcelona for a month to finish the book. After that I go to LondonTyler was in London on March 20, when he wrote Mildred Barnes Bliss, and in April, when he wrote his friend, Joan Maragall i Gorina (1860–1911), a Catalan poet, on April 7 and 28. Twenty-five letters from Royall Tyler to Joan Maragall are housed in the Maragall Archives, “Fons personal de Joan Maragall,” at the Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona. for a short time and then I expect to return here. I should very much like to go to BelgiumIn 1909, Mildred Barnes Bliss and Robert Woods Bliss were in Brussels, Belgium, where Robert Bliss was first secretary to the U.S. legation in Belgium. See letter of March 20, 1909. in the Spring—tell me if you will be there.