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Royall Tyler to Robert Woods Bliss, January 30, 1950

67 rue de Lille67 rue de Lille, the former Hôtel Duret, constructed in 1872–1874 by David de Pénanrun. Beginning in January 1949, the building served as the Parisian headquarters of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Paris VIII

30 Jan. ‘50

Dear Robert,

Just a line to tell you that Dave BruceDavid Kirkpatrick Este Bruce (1898–1977), an American diplomat and politician who served as the U.S. ambassador to France between 1949 and 1952. has very kindly offered—without my asking him—to write to the Sec State recommending me for the job of US Commissioner on the Near East Permanent Organization.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which provides assistance and protection to Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the occupied Palestinian territory. This agency was established on December 8, 1949.

I’ve also had a line from Allen Dulles, offering to propose me to “Jim” BarkerJames Madison Barker (1886–1974), an American banker and business executive. (I don’t know him), who is going on a mission to Turkey for the Int. Bank. I’ve told Allen that I’d prefer the Near East job, if it comes along, but that failing that, I might be interested in the Barker one—subject to terms as being acceptable.

I had a splendid 3 weeks in the sun at Hyères, and am in my usual form again.

With all love to Mildred and yourself.


R. T.

Associated People: Allen Dulles
Associated Places: Paris (France)