Royall Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, February 21, 1927
Ministry of Finance
Dearest Mildred, Please let me know as soon as you can when you are going to be in Paris. I am leaving here the end of this week, and will be c/o Salter, L. of N.League of Nations. Geneva until about March 7 or 8. Then I hope to go to Antigny for a week or so, and if you were to be in Paris of course I’d run up and embrace you, for it is a sad thought that you are going so far and we may not meet again for God knows how long.
I’ve got a meeting in Rome later in March—I don’t yet know the exact date, and I’ve got to come here again before that, and I’m dreading that, between one thing and another, I may miss my chance of seeing you. So let me know as soon as ever you can.
There has been an upset in the Diplomatic World, hasn’t there? The change here is hardly unexpected, but the HunkiesRoyall Tyler’s slang for Hungarians. will miss the kind old BrentanosTheodore Brentano (1854–1940), the first U.S. ambassador to Hungary who served from 1922 until May 6, 1927. See “Brentano Takes Leave; Retiring American Minister to Hungary Calls its Recovery Phenomenal,” New York Times, May 10, 1927. and their Sunday cocktail parties.
I’m also very anxious for you to see Bill, if by good luck you are in Paris when he comes for his holidays—about April 5—I think. He is growing so fast. We’re very much pleased with him, for he’s just won the St. Helier Eng. Literature Prize, and was only just beaten, by a much older boy, for the Fortescue French Lit. Prize. He is very keen, and expresses himself well. The trip to Egypt was the event of his life,For the same sentiment, see letter of February 6, 1927. and he writes constantly about it.
The little CrockersPossibly Henry Graham Crocker (1868–1930), the assistant legal adviser to the American Commission to Negotiate Peace at Paris in 1919. have recently turned up here, and are an agreeable feature in the landscape.
Fettich is digging away, and finding lots of things. He is going to do wonders, I believe, for he’s full of fire, and he is the only man who knows both the Hungarian and the Russian Barbarenzeit things.“Things from the time of the barbarians.” He has plans made for journeys in Siberia, the only thing holding him back is lack of money, but he’ll overcome that obstacle somehow, if I know him. Elisina and I are modestly helping him to dig here, and so are some other friends, but the Hunkies are deplorably blind, and indifferent.