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Royall Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, November 14, 1947



I had your card from Constantinople yesterday, dearest Mildred.Mildred Bliss also wrote Bernard Berenson from Istanbul on October 21, 1947: “I [saw] ‘Aya Sofia on Monday! No work of man that I have seen conveys such a sense of space & not even a humming bird soars & floats more easily. What that great church must have been before those Vulcherous Latins looted it!” Villa I Tatti—the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy, Archives, Bliss correspondence file. It was long on the way. Bless you for it.

I can’t tell you how I rejoice about this; and I’m sure Hayford does too, sitting up aloft on his pink cloud.

I send this of[f] in a great hurry so that it may reach you in Rome.

Tell Robert I’ve had his watch overhauled by the Universal people at Geneva,Universal Watch (now Universal Genève SA), a Geneva luxury watch company founded in 1894. and have it here, ready for him. I wind it religiously, every morning.

Forgive writing; I’m actually trembling with excitement over the news that Polly has come across. I never dared to hope she’d do to the letter what I so tentatively advised her to consider.

Much love to you both


I shall be here during your proposed Paris stay.

Private address: 8 rue Quentin Bauchart8 rue Quentin-Bauchart, an elegant seven-story apartment building built in 1926–1927.

Paris VIII

Tel. Elysées 49.28

Office: 51 rue St. Georges,

Tel. Trudaine 52.90

Associated People: Hayford Peirce; William Royall Tyler
Associated Artworks: BZ.1947.24