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Elisina Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, May 17, 1915


May 17th 1915Monday.

Dearest Mildred,

I want to tell you something which has caused me the greatest satisfaction. To-day at the Committee Meeting of the Enfants des Flandres,In 1915, Edith Wharton made Elisina Tyler the vice president of the Oeuvre des enfants des Flandres (Children of Flanders Rescue Committee). See Alan Price, The End of the Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton and the First World War (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996), 29–30, 34-36, 48–52, and 101–2; and Edith Wharton, “My Work Among the Women Workers of Paris; Noted American Novelist Tells How Her Ouvroir Gave Support to an Army of Women Left Without Employment by the War,” New York Times, November 28, 1915. For Elisina Tyler's role in this charity, see letters of April 19, 1915; April 27, 1915; June 6, 1915; July 4, 1915; August 21, 1915; August 10, 1916; September 12, 1916; September 30, 1915; and October 6, 1915. Monsieur Brunet,Probably Émile Brunet (1863–1945), member of the Belgian Chamber of Deputies. “membre du Gouvernement Belge,”“Member of the Belgian government.” said that a fortnight ago there was in Belgium a great deal of opposition and mistrust about sending children to Paris, but that thanks to us this reluctance had changed into the opposite, and he asked me to undertake the housing and looking after of another 180 who are to arrive to-morrow.

I know there has been some misunderstanding in the air. Do let me talk to you about it as I want to see things clearly with you.

Can’t we meet some day soon?—I would come to you with great pleasure any day at 6.

In great haste, ever yours devotedly


Associated People: Edith Wharton
Associated Places: Paris (France)