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Royall Tyler to Robert Woods Bliss, September 15, 1951

15 Sept. 51

Dear Robert.

These last days have brought sad news to me. Benjie BruceHenry James Bruce (1880–1951), a British diplomat and author, and in the 1930s, an advisor to the National Bank of Hungary. He married the ballerina Tamara Karsavina in 1918. (who married La KarsavinaTamara Platonovna Karsavina (1885–1978), a Russian ballerina who was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later of the Ballet Russes.) & was with me for 6 years at B-pest, died suddenly in London on Sept. 10. And now, this moment, I get a wire that Eric Maclagan has died suddenly in Spain—no other details. You’ll probably hear of this when you reach Madrid.

I fear Max HohenlohePrince Maximilian Egon zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1897–1968), an Austrian aristocrat who acquired Liechtenstein citizenship in 1922. Like Royall Tyler, the prince served as an informant to Allen Dulles during the Second World War. See Richard Harris Smith, OSS: The Secret History of America’s First Central Intelligence Agency (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972), 196. must have left for Mexico before my letter to him reached his address in Spain, for I’ve heard nothing from him, since I wrote.

Eric is the third old friend I’ve lost in the course of a month. The first was Charles Chevreux,Charles Chevreux (1883–1951), prefect of the Côte-d’Or between 1938 and 1940. He had been of assistance to Elisina Tyler. See letter of August 26, 1940. whom I don’t think you knew.

Well, I long to hear how you fare in Spain. A word of news, now & then, por favor.

Much love to you both


R. T.

Associated People: Eric Maclagan