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Royall Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, December 18, 1928

21, Quai Bourbon
Gobelins 31–33

I have just seen Bacri, dearest Mildred, and he won’t come down at all on his price of £3,000 for the ivory. What’s worse, I’m afraid that he’ll get it speedily from someone else if he doesn’t get it from you.

I wonder what you are hearing over there about prospects. Here in Paris, people still seem optimistic about the chances for a Reparations settlement, to be achieved thanks to the experts’ committee.On December 22, 1928, the League of Nations appointed a Commission of Experts for reparations to consider Germany’s ability to meet its reparations payments owed to Allied governments.

I’ve heard it whispered that Drummond (Eric)James Eric Drummond, 16th Earl of Perth (1876–1951), a Scottish representative peer, a British diplomat, and the first secretary general of the League of Nations. See “Drummond as Envoy, League’s Secretary is Mentioned as Sir Esme Howard’s Successor,” New York Times, January 30, 1929: “The name of Sir Eric Drummond, Secretary General of the League of Nations, is, according to The Daily Express, prominently mentioned in diplomatic circles as that of Sir Esme Howard’s successor as British Ambassador at Washington when Sir Esme’s tenure expires.” is being offered Esmé Howard’sEsmé William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Penrith (1863–1939), a British diplomat who served as ambassador to the United States between 1924 and 1930. Howard was reappointed in 1928 and retired in 1930. succession. And there’s renewed talk about BenesEdvard Beneš (1884–1948), a leader of the Czechoslovak independence movement, minister of foreign affairs, and the second president of Czechoslovakia. Between 1923 and 1928, he was a member of the League of Nations Council and served as president of its committee in 1927–1928. being Sec. Gen of the League.The League of Nations, an international organization in Geneva whose principal missions were to maintain world peace, settle international disputes through negotiation and arbitration, and create stability within financial markets.

Much love, from an Exhausted GrowlerRoyall Tyler’s nickname. See letter of October 10, 1904.—(not permanently exhausted, though)

R. T.

Associated Places: Paris (France)
Associated Things: Bacri Frères; Kalebdjian Frères
Associated Artworks: BZ.1929.2