Letter from ROYAL ACADEMY to JAMES BARRY, written
post 16 April 1799
Source: MS RA A/SEC/2/7/4, Royal Academy. Printed: Fryer, Works of
Barry, ii. 632.
The MS is the draft of the letter to Barry signed by the Secretary of the
Academy, John Richards (1731-1810). Appended to the draft is
a note by Richards to say Barry had brought him a letter on 16 April;
Richards read it and told Barry he would convey its import to the President, Benjamin West (1738-1820), along
with the letter, which he did immediately. On the following day, 17 April,
the President brought Richards a draft letter to write out, sign and send to Barry, 'which I
accordingly did' (MS RAA/SEC/2/7/4, Royal Academy). This is the letter.
The great press of Business on me at this moment, in the Royal Academy, prevented me giving you an Immediate Answer to your
Letter, And I must now beg leave to inform you, that by the Trust reposed in me
as Secretary of the Institution, I cannot communicate to you any proceeding of
the last General Meeting of the Academicians1 unless I am Authorised by that Body,
which if I should be you will then hear from me as soon as possible.
I am Sir
your Obedient ServtServant
John Richards, R.A.
Royal-Academy, April 17, 1799