Robert Woods Bliss to Royall Tyler, September 14, 1938

September 14: 1938

Dear Royall,

Your letter written from Paris on the sixthSee letter of September 6, 1938. reached me yesterday and we were delighted to know from it that Bill is in such a happy mood at the thought of coming to Cambridge.

I think we had better renounce the Fragment of the Pyx.See letter of September 6, 1938. which you saw chez Gruel.Gruel, a bookbindery and book and antiquities business at 418 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris. The business was begun by Léon Gruel (1841–1923). The cost of the new buildingIn 1938, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss engaged the architect Thomas T. Waterman to design the two-pavilion museum wing at Dumbarton Oaks; the wing was completed in 1940. will involve us heavily and I think we had best save the extra shekels—if there are any—for the outstanding things that may possibly come along.

We are very low in our minds over the situation in Europe and see little hope for a peaceful outcome. It is monstrous.

We are just off the attend the funeral at Long Island of your friend Robert Bacon,Robert Low Bacon (1884–1938), an American politician, banker, and congressman from New York. He died on September 12, 1938. who died suddenly the night before last, and then back immediately for the interment at Arlington Friday morning.

Best love from us both,

Yours always,

RWB