Letter from ROYAL ACADEMY to JAMES BARRY, written 10 October 1796 , at London

Source: Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 495; the letter was first printed in A Letter to the Dilettanti Society, Respecting the Obtention of Certain Matters Essentially Necessary for the Improvement of Public Taste, and for Accomplishing the Original Views of the Royal Academy of Great Britain (1798), and then in Fryer, Works of Barry.

The letter was probably written on the same day as Barry says he received it: 'On the 10th of October, 1796, I received the following letter from the Academy' (Works of Barry, ii. 495).

Barry presumed that the meeting of the Royal Academy mentioned in this letter, at which a new Associate Member would be elected, gave him the opportunity to debate unfinished business from the previous meeting. But at the meeting the Secretary moved straight from the Minutes of the previous meeting to the election. This so angered Barry that he protested to the Council at the way they conducted their business in a written statement: see Appendix C 1.

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You are desired to meet the President,1 and the rest of the academicians, at the Royal Academy, on Monday the 7th of November, at seven o'clock in the evening, to elect one associate. Inclosed is a list of the candidates. 2