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Royall Tyler to Robert Woods Bliss, December 20, 1947

International Bank for

Reconstruction and DevelopmentThe International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), established in 1944, became operational in 1946 as the original institution of the World Bank Group. It was a cooperative organization of 188 member nations that originally promoted sustainable development and reconstruction to nations devastated by the Second World War. See letter of June 28, 1947.

Washington, D.C.This line is crossed out.

77 Ave des Champs-Elysées

Paris VIII


Dear Robert,

Alas, I have no more news of those two gold strap-endsThese strap ends have not been identified. I wrote to you about. I fear Garbis (Kaleb) muffed them.

Years ago, you may remember, when Elisina was doing up Antigny you lent her £700. We’ve been very remiss in starting to repay you. But now we’re in a position to make a beginning, and we’d like to remit $1000 to your account, if you’ll tell me at what bank you wish to have it.

My latest plan is to sail for N.Y. on the Nieuw Amsterdam,Nieuw Amsterdam, a 1937 Dutch passenger ocean liner built for the Holland America Line. The Nieuw Amsterdam was the second of four Holland America ships with that name and is considered by many to have been Holland America’s finest ship. It was the most popular ship of the 1930s, besides the Queen Mary. 13 Feb. I hope you’ll be in Washn when I arrive—about 20 Feb.—and following weeks. I suppose I’ll be there till about mid-March. Do let me know.

Fond love to you both, & Xmas greetings



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