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Royall Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, January 31, 1938 [3]

Finance Ministry



Dearest Mildred,

I’ve just returned here, in rather a sad mood, and your cable “girdleBZ.1937.33. stupendous” was just what I wanted to cheer me up.See telegram of January 29, 1938. I adore that girdle myself, and it makes me very happy to know you and Robert like it. I’ll confess to you, now that you’ve seen it, that when I had it in my hands, just having unpacked it, I had to struggle against a violent temptation to keep it myself! It’s the sort of object that doesn’t often come up. But now that you feel about it as I do, I’m happy that it should be with you.

I’ve received the silver bowlBZ.1938.31. and spoonBZ.1938.32. BZ.1938.33–34 were also included in this acquisition.—they’re charming, and you’ll like them. I’ll forward as soon as I can.

I find here a letter from BustrosElias (Elie) Bustros, an antiquities dealer in Beirut, Lebanon. which requires wiring. And another, from him, which can be dealt with by letter: but please cable me when you receive this, whether you want this little (70 cm.) marble tabernacle,BZ.1938.56. which seems to be VIe Cent. and may well come from St. Simeon.Probably the church of Saint Simeon, Aleppo, Syria. You’ll note B. wants $300 for it. Bustros is a precious source, all right. I’d be inclined to take it. In any case, please cable your reply, and if you don’t want the object please return the photos to me at once—it’s only fair to Bustros, and he’s worth treating with consideration.

This little tabernacleBZ.1938.56. is a good object, I think I’ll shortly, as soon as I have a minute, write you about my own affairs.

Much love to you both


R. T.

You’ll enjoy Bustros’s French.

Associated People: Elias (Elie) Bustros