Letter from ROYAL ACADEMY to JAMES BARRY, written 24 April 1799, at Royal Academy, London

Source: MS RAA GA 1797-1809, f.57, Minutes of General Assembly, 24 April 1799, Royal Academy. Printed: Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 632.

After the vote to expel Barry from the Royal Academy on 15 April , the decision had to be conveyed to the Academy's patron, King George III, for approval. The President, Benjamin West, accompanied by the Secretary and the Treasurer, had taken 'all the Papers, Evidences, and Documents, relating to that Business', to the King on 23 April (Minutes of General Assembly, 24 April 1799). West then reported back to the General Assembly on 24 April and proposed that the Secretary copy and send the following letter to Barry.

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The General Assembly of Academicians having received the Report of the Committee, appointed to investigate your Academical conduct, decided, that you be removed from the Office of Professor of Painting; and, by a second Vote, that you be Expelled the Royal-Academy.1

The Journals of Council, the report ofof the Committee, and the Resolutions of the General Assembly, having been laid before the King; His Majesty was graciously pleased2 to approve the whole of the Proceedings, - and to strike your name from the Roll of Academicians. -3

I am Sir Your most
Obed: Serv.t Obedient Servant &c.

John Richards, R.A. Sec. 4

James Barry,

Royal Academy
April 24.th 1799.