Elisina Tyler to Mildred Barnes Bliss, January 9, 1938

New York, January 9th 1938

Dearest Mildred,

Your note by express crossed a letter of mine in which I answered practically all your questions. We are in entire agreement: I shall not wish to see any diplomats or statesmen: only you and Robert.

The only friends, are those you mention, Elizabeth Lindsay,Elizabeth Sherman Hoyt Lindsay, wife of Sir Ronald Charles Lindsay (1877–1945), the British ambassador to the United States between 1930 and 1939. Daisy Chanler,Margaret “Daisy” Ward Terry Chanler (1862–1952), an American writer, was the friend and traveling companion of Edith Wharton. She married Winthrop Astor Chanler (1863–1926), a soldier and sportsman devoted to fox hunting. Marie Beale,Marie Beale (née Oge) (1881–1956), an American socialite and wife of Truxton Beale (1856–1936), former U.S. minister to Persia (1891–1892) and Greece (1892–1893). The Beales lived at Decatur House in Washington, D.C. and of course Bessie Lodge.Mathilda “Bessie” Davis Lodge (1875–1960), wife of the poet George Cabot Lodge (1873–1909). Mrs. AldenNathalie Alden, the sister of Edith Wharton’s close friend Walter Berry. I have written to, proposing to go and see her on Wednesday morning.

Couldn’t a ladies’ lunch produce a delightful solution? and leave the rest of the time more free?

I have been on the rack without a break since June 4thRegarding the illness of Edith Wharton. and a breath of life with you and Robert seems the most desirable thing in the world.

My very best love. I am so grieved to hear of the four weeks of fever. I hope and pray that I may find you as well and as beautiful as my heart always pictures you.

Yours lovingly

Elisina