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Royall Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, March 17, 1932

21, Quai Bourbon
F Odéon, 31–33

Dearest Mildred—I intend to come over to London on Sunday next, by the train leaving Paris at noon and arriving about 5 sometime (Golden Arrow).The Golden Arrow (Flèche d’Or) was a luxury boat train of the British Southern Railway and the French Chemin de Fer du Nord which connected Paris to the Calais ferry and Dover to London.

I can’t come earlier, on account of the Fin. Ctee.,On October 25, 1920, the League of Nations had appointed an Advisory Economic and Financial Committee composed of two sections of ten members each and tasked with “the working out of measures of an economic and financial nature which have been submitted for adoption by Members of the League in accordance with the Covenant of the League.” which is sitting all this week. I want to get back to Paris on Tuesday, so as not to miss more of Bill than I can help (he arrives here Saturday). I’d like to take the 4 p.m. train Tues. from London. Can you manage that? Please do, because I very much want to profit by the opportunities for uninterrupted talk offered by the journey.

I shall not be free at lunch Monday, or dinner Monday, or lunch Tuesday, but we must travel together to Paris, and I suggest the train leaving London at 4 Tuesday. I’ve got to lunch with the HambrosHambros Bank, a British bank based in London. The Hambros Bank specialized in Anglo-Scandinavian business, with expertise in trade finance and investment banking, and was the sole banker to the Scandinavian kingdoms for many years. The bank was sold in 1998. in the city that day. I am keeping dinner Sunday, so please keep it also. I’m not bringing a tail-coat.

I shall stay with John Hugh Smith,Arnold John Hugh Smith (1881–1964), an American expatriate banker, art collector, Francophile, and friend of Henry James and Edith Wharton. He was the director of Hambros Bank in London. 74 Portland Place.

Salter is in London (or will be Monday, when I have a tête a tête with him, business) His address is 66 Cornwall Gdns., S.W.7, and Telephone Western 0655.

Love from Elisina, and my blessings, precious Mildred.

R. T.

Please wire me if, by any chance, you are not free Sunday evening, or if you have a lot of people for dinner.