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Robert Woods Bliss to Royall Tyler, December 12, 1950

2750 Que Street N.W.The Blisses acquired a house at 2750 Q Street, NW, at 28th Street, N.W., in Georgetown, in November 1942.

Washington 7. D.C.

December 12, 1950

Royall Tyler, Esquire

55, Avenue Foch

Paris XVIe

Dear Royall,

It is nice to think that there is a Russian friend of yours in the offing and we hope that Andrew de TchihatchefAndrew de Tchihatchef (1897–1977), a Russian-born British banker. will soon present your card and himself. You know, of course, that anyone who comes with your endorsement will be warmly welcomed.

Yes, the small marble capitalBZ.1950.24. has arrived from BustrosElias (Elie) Bustros, an antiquities dealer in Beirut, Lebanon. with all the other objects.The objects acquired from Bustros on August 1 and September 14, 1950, are: BZ.1950.14, BZ.1950.15, BZ.1950.16, BZ.1950.17, BZ.1950.18, BZ.1950.19, BZ.1950.24, BZ.1950.25, BZ.1950.26–27, BZ.1950.28, BZ.1950.29, BZ.1950.30, BZ.1950.31, BZ.1950.32, BZ.1950.33, BZ.1950.34, BZ.1950.35, BZ.1950.36, BZ.1950.37, BZ.1950.38, and BZ.1950.39. I have not seen the capital, for I have been so occupied this autumn that my visits to Dumbarton Oaks have, alas, been far and few between [sic]. The gold objectsPossibly BZ.1950.20, a gold cross and chain that was acquired on August 31, 1950, from the Parisian dealer and collector Jean Mikas, through Royall Tyler, and/or BZ.1950.36, BZ.1950.37, and BZ.1950.38, a gold buckle, bracelet fragment, and medallion acquired on September 14 from the Lebanese antiquities dealer Elias Bustros. have been mounted and everyone at Dumbarton Oaks is delighted with them. They add distinction and much interest to the collection and, as usual, we are very grateful to you.

We had a hasty visit from Elisina before she sailed and it was most reassuring to find her so well. She seemed to enjoy her hurried trip through Dumbarton Oaks and to the great Gulbenkian pictures at the National Gallery.European Paintings from the Gulbenkian Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 8, 1950–May 31, 1951.

In case you should not receive another letter from me before Christmas, this carries to you and Elisina, as well as the members of the other two generations,Royall Tyler (b. 1936), and Matilda Eve Tyler (b. 1939), the children of Bettine Tyler and William Royall Tyler. a great deal of love and best wishes for such Christmas cheer as one can find.

Yours ever,

[unsigned]