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Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss, February 28, 1947

 
Accession number B:BF 1947.02.28
Alternative title Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss, February 28, 1947
Sender
Recipient
Garden Area
North Vista
Herbaceous Border
Orangery
Date
1947
Work types
correspondence

Description

Typewritten letter communicates Beatrix Farrand's very difficulty decision to discontinue advising, counseling, and visits to Dumbarton Oaks and the Gardens due to age and lack of strength. She asks Mildred if she will communicate her decision to John Thacher. She offers design ideas on the Herbaceous Border, North Vista, and Orangery after receiving Mildred Bliss' letters of February 21 and 22 and Robert Patterson's full report from his last visit to Dumbarton Oaks, February 3-6, 1947. These received communications have overwhelmed her. Letter sent by Mildred Bliss, February 21, 1947 and Robert Patterson's report for February 3-6, 1947 lacking in collection.

Beatrix Farrand mentions she helped to choose the site of the Washington National Cathedral with Bishop Henry Yates Satterlee, the first Episcopal Bishop of the Washington National Cathedral. It was shocking to hear of the illnesses of Elizabeth Lindsay, Lawrence Coolidge, William [last name not mentioned], and John Thacher.

On Beatrix Farrand's, Valley Club of Montecito, Santa Barbara, California letterhead.

Handwritten signature in ink [uncertain if this signed by Beatrix Farrand or on her behalf by her secretary, perhaps Isabelle M. Stover].

Marked as received, Mar 7 [1947].

Title created by cataloger.

Subjects

letters (correspondence)
Patterson, Robert W. (1905-1988)
Fatigue
Dumbarton Oaks Gardens (Washington, D.C.)
Dumbarton Oaks
Ability. Influence of age on
Age
Age and employment
Bliss, Robert Woods, 1875-1962
Thacher, John
libraries (institutions)
museums (institutions)
Farrand, Beatrix, 1872-1959. Plant book for Dumbarton Oaks.
hedges
yew
walks
walkways
shrubs
Farrand, Max, 1869-1945
designs (concepts)
walls
evergreens
building (structures)
libraries (buildings)
Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)
Satterlee, Henry Yates, Bishop, 1843-1908
Schools
Lindsay, Elizabeth Sherman Hoyt, 1885-1954
Coolidge, Lawrence, 1905-1950
Coolidge, Victoria, 1909-
illness
health
Europe
memory
retirement
 

Collection

Dumbarton Oaks Garden Archives
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Rare Book Collection
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington (D.C.)
Accession number B:BF 1947.02.28
Alternative title Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss, February 28, 1947
Sender
Recipient
Garden Area
North Vista
Herbaceous Border
Orangery
Date
1947
Work types
correspondence