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Elisina Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, April 19, 1912


April 19th 1912Friday.

Dear Mildred,

This is to wish you a safe and cheerful journey,Mildred Barnes Bliss left for a ten-day stay in American on April 20, 1912. and to thank you for your dear letter. I merely doubted my own powers of expression, not your powers of comprehension—as I am intimately convinced of your sympathy and intuitive wisdom.See letter of April 15, 1912, in which Elisina Tyler apologizes for her perceived demands on Mildred Barnes Bliss's "powers of intuition and understanding." But so much in this present situation depends on the inter-play of character and opportunity and motives, that I was afraid I had opened the wrong window for you sometimes. But you are a great reality to me, and that is something I have only been able to say of one other woman in the world, and she was of another generation. You saw her portrait wreathed in roses the other day.

I understand what you and Robert must both feel today.Possibly a reference to the anniversary of Mildred Barnes Bliss and Robert Woods Bliss, who married on April 14, 1908, or to the fact that they would be apart during Mildred Barnes Bliss’s trip to America. And I pray you to believe that my warmest affection follows you.

Royall asks me to tell you that he has not called on you before your departure as he knows how busy you must be, and he has given up the chance of seeing you to try and help you by not taking your time up.

In your absence we will look upon Robert as your representative and value his presence doubly.

My best love to you, dear Mildred.

Yours always truly


Associated Places: Paris (France)