Letter from ROYAL ACADEMY to JAMES BARRY, written 13 March 1799, at Royal Academy, London

Source: MS James Barry Papers and Letters, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University; [img] cover: Ja.s Barry, Esqr Printed: Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 627.

The day after Barry received the letter of 12 March from the Royal Academy informing him that charges had been made against him, the Council sent out the following invitation to its members. Although Barry calls this a 'letter' (Letter to the Dilettanti Society, 2nd edn. 1799 in Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 627), the original is a printed invitation that went to all the members of the Academy, not a personal letter, with the details of the particular meeting and its agenda filled in by hand.

For Barry's account of what happened at that meeting of 19 March, see Appendix C 2: Memorandum.

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Royal Academy 13. day of Mar March :1799

Sir -

You are requested to meet the President & the Rest of the Academicians on Tuesday next, the 19. day of March at Seven o'Clock o'clock in the Evening - to admit Hen: Tresham, & Tho: Daniel Academicians, 1 & give their Diplomas. - & afterwards to receive those Minutes of ye Council,2 respecting ye Charges brought before them, relative to ye Academical Conduct,3 of ye Professor of Painting. - ,

I am Sir,
Your most humble Servant,

Ino Inigo : Richards, R.A. Sec.y Secretary 4