Letter from CHARLES JAMES FOX to JAMES
post 6 October 1800
, at St. Anne's Hill, Surrey
Source: Fryer, Works of Barry, i. 288.
Charles James Fox (1749-1806), member of
parliament since the age of 19, one of the outstanding orators of his time. [img]
He was Secretary of State in the 1780s and headed a coalition Administration
with Lord North formed in 1783; he opposed the American War in the 1770s and
the war against France in the 1790s. He had been a member of the Dilettanti Society since 1769 (Lionel
Cust, History of the Society of Dilettanti
(London, 1914), p. 266). See also L. G. Mitchell, ‘Fox, Charles
James (1749–1806)’, Oxford Dictionary of National
Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
Barry had dedicated his engraving Queen Isabella, Las
Casas and Magellan to Fox. On 5 October 1800 Barry sent him a copy of the engraving along with a copy of the second edition of
his Letter to the Dilettanti Society (1799).
Fox's reply is not dated, but comes shortly afterwards.
I have received yours of the 6th Instant,1 together with the book and prints, for
which I return you many thanks. The figures in the print 2appear to be in the grandest style, but
I confess I do not yet perfectly comprehend the whole of the plan. I will
certainly find leisure to read the book, which, as far as I can judge from the
few pages I have as yet had time to look at, will give me great pleasure.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
C. J. Fox.
St. Anne's Hill.3