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Royall Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, April 9, 1924

Reparation Commission
General Secretariat
131, Champs-Élysées
Paris 9.4.24Wednesday.

Dearest Mildred—I have a little piece of news which I want to give you at once. I have been asked to go to Hungary as Deputy Commissioner General (Jeremiah Smith being Com. Gen.) under the League of Nations Reconstruction Scheme.Royall Tyler’s success after the First World War as a member of the American Commission to the Paris Peace Conference, where he participated in discussions on reparations, and his four years as a U.S. delegate on the Reparation Commission (1920–1924) brought him to the attention of Arthur Salter, who recommended him as the League of Nations deputy commissioner general to oversee the economic reconstruction of Hungary. It’s a dreadful wrench leaving Paris, but Elisina and I both feel I must take it. I shall probably have to leave about the end of this month. Will you be here before then? I pray you will.

May I publish your paten? If you prefer, I’ll not mention your name, and just put “private collection,” but of course I’d rather indicate the ownership. I’m doing a little book on Byzantine to appear in the autumn—God knows how I’ll find the time.With Hayford Peirce, Tyler published Byzantine Art in 1926. In that volume, the paten (BZ.1924.5) was published on page 26, plate 19.

Much love from us both and from Bill.

Yours always
Royall Tyler

P. S. Please don’t mention the Hungarian matter, as my appointment is not to be announced until after Jeremiah Smith arrives here on the 24th inst.

Associated People: Jeremiah Smith Jr.
Associated Places: Paris (France)
Associated Things: Byzantine Art (book)
Associated Artworks: BZ.1924.5