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Robert Woods Bliss to Royall Tyler, May 13, 1950

May 13, 1950

Royall Tyler, Esquire

Knickerbocker ClubThe Knickerbocker Club, a gentlemen’s club in New York that was founded in 1871 and has been located at 2 East 62nd Street since 1913.

807 Fifth Avenue

New York City

Dear Royall,

We are all a-dither at the thought of talking with you to-morrow morning. Besides the telephone listed above you also can reach us on Decatur 1537. The latter is Mildred’s telephone and is more apt to be engaged. I suggest you try that one first and if it is busy, then the other one. And, incidentally, when making the call tell the operator at the ClubThe Knickerbocker Club, a gentlemen’s club in New York that was founded in 1871 and has been located at 2 East 62nd Street since 1913. to have the charges “reversed.”

Since cabling you Belle de Costa Greene,Belle da Costa Greene (1883–1950), the librarian to J. P. Morgan and, after his death in 1913, to his son Jack Morgan and the Morgan Library in New York. whom you may possibly have known during her long activities as librarian of the Pierpont Morgan Library,Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, founded in 1906 to house J. Pierpont Morgan’s private library, including manuscripts. has died. Her funeral is to take place at two o’clock Monday afternoon, and Mildred and I are both flying over to attend it. We should reach the Club (weather permitting!) by half past twelve, and will look to you lunching with us at the Club. Would you please tell the head-waiter, or dining-room attendant, to reserve a table for three (including Mrs. Bliss) for 12:30 p.m. We will have to take a plane leaving La Guardia at 4:55—so will have but a few spare moments after the funeral.

This unexpected possibility of seeing you almost as soon as you arrive is wonderful.

I am just off for Annapolis to see the college boat races.

Yours ever,

[unsigned]

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