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Elisina Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, May 7, 1927

par Arnay-le-Duc
(Côte d’Or)
May 7th 1927Saturday.

Dearest Mildred,

I cannot bear to let you leave Paris without sending you once more my most loving thoughts and wishes. It was a very great joy to see you again, and I treasure very deeply the memory of our last evening with you.Probably on or around Easter Day, April 17, 1927. See letter of May 4, 1927.

If you succeed in the “Old Lady” photography scheme, I will do my share by keeping exact records of all the plates, and making the photographs easily accessible to students.Elisina Tyler apparently had proposed the establishment of an archive of photographs of Byzantine objects; the project would be funded by contributions that Mildred Barnes Bliss had offered to solicit. See also letter of November 20, 1927. I should also try to establish a “bureau de centralisation des renseignements”“Clearing house of information.” so that earnest seekers after documentary evidence might be told where to get what couldn’t be provided by the O.L.P. (Old Lady Photographer). There is a young Curator from the British Museum,This curator has not been identified. staying here now, and he also complains bitterly, because knowledge is so greatly hampered by the fact that the department of photographs is invariably in the hands of ignorant people.

A superb result might be expected in the field of Byzantine Art, if the necessary material could be safely available.

Antigny is growing, so green and so fast, that it takes on the airs of a belle au bois dormant.“Sleeping Beauty.” I am so happy to remember that you and Robert own it in your eyes too.

My very best and fondest love. I will certainly remember that my letters telling you the ordinary gossip of European events are interesting to you. And I shall be so happy to feel that I can do something to please you.

I hope the next two years will pass quickly. They will seem long to us.

Yours ever devotedly,