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Royall Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, August 29, 1916

Château de Genay

Par Semur-en-Auxois

Côte d’Or

29-VIII-16Tuesday.

Elisina has arrived here, dear Mildred, and given me news of you; but not such as I wanted, for I hear our trip to see RomanesqueSee letter of July 12, 1916. is dans le jus.Slang “in the juice,” equivalent to the American “in the toilet.” I understand you like the pot we offered to the Tubercles,Both Royall Tyler and Mildred Barnes Bliss donated objects to an art sale held at the Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, in December 1916 to raise funds for the Tuberculeux de la guerre: Vente aux enchères publiques, organisée au profit des Tuberculeux de la Guerre par La Comtesse de Béarn, aidée de Mmes Robert Woods Bliss—La Baronne de Fleury—The Countess Granville—La Comtesse Lafond—La Marquise de PomereuWharton—MM. le Prince de Beauvau—Léonce Bénédite—Le Baron de Fleury—Walter GayJacques Guérin—Le Duc de Guiche—Raymond KoechlinLouis Metman—Le Duc de Mortemarf—Le Baron de Noirmont—Pierre de Nolhac—Jacques Reubell—Jacques Rouché—Royall Tyler. Tableaux—Aquarelles & Dessin, Anciens et Modernes—Sculptures—Bronzes—Porcelaines—Éventails—Dentelles—Objets de Vitrine—Bijoux—Livres—Manuscrits—Autographes—Médailles—Peintures et Céramiques d’Extrême-Orient—Meubles—Étoffes—Tapisseries—Tapis. Galerie Georges Petit 8—Rue de Sèze—8 Les Lundi 4, Lundi 11 et Mardi 12 Décembre 1916. See Hoover Institution Political Poster Database, FR 992, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. and that you suspect the Tubercles, if they had come first, might have got the fish-bowl.BZ.X.13; see letter of April 24, 1916. Don’t think it for a moment—in no circumstances would I have parted from that fish-bowl except to do what I did with it.The Tylers gave the Blisses the "fish-bowl" (BZ.X.13) in thanks for having offered to pay Gerard's tuition to Eton. See letter of April 24, 1916: Elisina Tyler asked "that you [Mildred] will accept the fish-bowl as a constant remembrance of the immense happiness you have shed in our lives, for each one in different ways according to our particular needs."

I am living a real country life, swimming, fishing walking and now and then reveling with Monsieur le Curé, as fine a specimen of Burgundian priesthood as one could wish to see. His name is Pacôme.Named for Saint Pachomius (ca. 292–348), founder of Christian cenobitic monasticism. They say here his parents gave it to him because they foresaw that il n’y en aurait pas comme lui.“There wouldn’t be anyone like him.” The other day was his birthday, and we gave him a bouquet of onions, carrots, garlic, etc., hiding a bottle of old eau-de-vieA clear, colorless fruit brandy. underneath. Love to Robert.

Always yours sincerely

Royall Tyler

 
Associated Places: Semur-en-Auxois (France)
Associated Artworks: BZ.X.13

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