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Royall Tyler to Robert Woods Bliss, September 25, 1937

Finance Ministry



Dear Robert.

Many thanks for your letter of the 10th. Elisina has a pack of troubles on her hands winding up Edith’s estate, but I think the worst is over now—and it will be a satisfaction to Elisina to feel that all has been done as nearly as possible just as Edith would have had it done.

Yes, MatildaMatilda Gay, wife of Walter Gay. looks frail, but she seems well, & quite herself. I saw her the other day in Paris.

I don’t know the diptychThis diptych has not been identified. FurstFurst has not been identified. has offered—but from the description I should guess it was later than the 9th–10th. You might care to let me see a photo. of it.

I trust the gold beltBZ.1937.33. I cabled you,See letters of September 18, 1937, and September 20, 1937 [1]. & which I have cabled the Syrian dealer (BustrosElias (Elie) Bustros, an antiquities dealer in Beirut, Lebanon.) that I will take, will turn up. When it has done so, I’ll cable you asking for the remittance of $2,500. I’m greatly impressed by the photo—which I’m keeping till the belt arrives, to check up.

I spent yesterday in Venice. The Treasury of San Marco has at last been re-arranged, and though I think the new line-up might have been better, it is a vast improvement on what went before. We must go there together and see those things. The treasure of St. Sophia!!!

I hear from Hayford that Mrs. Sessions was with him the other day. He much enjoyed his talk with her & found her “solid”, as he put it.

Much love to you both


R. T.

Associated Places: Venice [Venezia] (Italy)
Associated Artworks: BZ.1937.33