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Robert Woods Bliss to Royall Tyler, December 8, 1926

Stockholm, December 8, 1926.Wednesday.
Royall Tyler

Dear Royall:—

Great has been the excitement caused by your letter and we hope and pray that you may be able to arrange to go to Cairo.This letter directly responds to points raised by Royall Tyler in his letter of December 4, 1926. As far as I am concerned I should wait a much longer time than you propose in order to have you see the objects there, but I do not know if Kalebdjian will be able to keep an option on them. However, I am writing him, by this same mail, to say that I have arranged for someone to go to Cairo who will leave about the end of January and that he, Kalebdjian, will please arrange to hold the option until “ce Monsieur” arrives at Cairo the end of January or the second fortnight of February.

I agree with you that it might be more economical to buy the whole collection rather than selecting certain pieces for purchase, provided that they prove as good as they appear from the photographs.

I do not know whether there is a possibility of sending the things by pouch as I doubt whether there is a courrier-service with Cairo. If lack of time prevented your striking a bargain, it seems to me to be best to offer Kalebdjian a lump sum to be paid on delivery either here or in Paris. On the other hand, I think it would be very useful if you would see Kalebdjian when you pass through Paris at Christmas time, then making definite arrangements with him, which is difficult for me to do owing to distance, etc. I hope this would not be too much of a chore.

If through any ill chance you should not be able to go, would you then be willing to suggest to Hayford Peirce that he take the trip, or do you think it better that I should write him?

You may be sure, my dear Royall, that you will be enthusiastically received here, lecture or no lecture.Stockholm. See letter of November 22, 1926. It would be wonderful if your visit could coincide with the arrival of the collection.


Associated People: Hayford Peirce
Associated Places: Cairo (Egypt); Stockholm (Sweden)