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Royall Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, June 16, 1934

R.M.S. Empress of BritainThe RMS Empress of Britain was an ocean liner built between 1928 and 1931 and owned by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company. It provided scheduled trans-Atlantic passenger service from spring to autumn between Canada and Europe between 1931 and 1939. This ship was distinguished by the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) prefix while in commercial service with Canadian Pacific.


I have your wire, dearest Mildred; it is good to have such words of comfort at parting.

The angel Robert saw us off last night, a merciful deed, for Bill and I were so exhausted after our last days in N.Y. that I doubt if we would have succeeded in getting ourselves and our rattle-traps aboard the train without his assistance.

There seems to be only one person I know on this boat, but that one is a very pushing Budapest Jew, now active in the City of London, and I’m afraid I shall have to be firm with him—but firm I will be.

The St. Laurence is a noble stream.

Bless you, dearest Mildred, and much love from Bill.


R. T.