Robert Woods Bliss to Royall Tyler, January 31, 1927
Stockholm, January 31, 1927.Monday.
Royall Tyler Esquire
Ministry of Finance
Please excuse the long delay in acknowledging your letter of January 7, written from Cairo. Since then your letter of January 15 [sic]Letter of January 13, 1927. has also arrived. We have been so much occupied, that there has not been a moment in which to send you even a line.
I can not tell you how grateful I am for all you have done in examining “the treasure”. What you have written is most illuminating; my only regret is that I could not have been behind the scenes when you were tasking with Aboucassam [sic].
From what you write I do not think that the objects are things that we wish to acquire. Furthermore I heartily approve of your having told Abou on whose behalf you went to Cairo, and everything else you told him. I also agree with you that the candle-sticksPair of Lampstands, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, acc. no. 57.634-635. are the things that we really want, but at the same time I feel that they are not of sufficient value to us to warrant paying £2,000 for them. If they could be had for a considerably lower price, they would be worth considering.
When you see Eric MacLagan [sic] I think it would be a good idea to approach the subject of a possible deal with him and then see what comes of the whole matter.
We have read with interest and envy your descriptions of the places you visited and things you saw in Egypt. We must arrange somehow to all go there together some day, when we can have time to examine the treasures of that country with convenient leisure. And then we might return by way of Athens to see the collection of Benachi [sic]!Antonis Benakis (1873–1954), a Greek collector in Alexandria. Benakis established the Benaki Museum in Athens in 1930 with a collection of more than 37,000 Islamic and Byzantine objects.
Please let me know if your expenses exceeded the amount I sent you.See letter of December 18, 1926.
Shortly after this reaches you, my appointment as Ambassador to Argentina will probably be announced.Robert Woods Bliss was officially appointed U.S. ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Argentina on February 17, 1927. His appointment as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Sweden ended on March 15, 1927. Until then, please keep it strictly confidential. It has come as a complete surprise and we are very sad at having to leave Stockholm, where we are so completely happy, but we must play the game. We shall leave here some time in March and as you will be in Geneva at that time, we surely must meet in Paris.