Letter from JAMES BARRY to THE EDITOR, THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE, written 15 July 1803, at 36 Castle Street, Oxford Market, London

Source: Monthly Magazine, 1 September, 1803, p. 105; also, Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 661-62.

The text is taken from the Monthly Magazine; Fryer, in his edition, altered some of the punctuation and substituted 'following' for 'inclosed' in the last sentence.

Although Barry dated the letter 15 July, it was not published in the Monthly Magazine until 1 September. He sent this letter to the editor along with his long letter to Cooper Penrose (Barry to Penrose 13 July 1803) explaining the changes to his paintings in the Great Room of the Society of Arts, The Progress of Human Culture, and the engravings from them. Although this letter was written a couple of days after the previous one, the two letters were sent and published together.

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To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine.

THE purchasers of prints after my pictures in the great room of theSociety of Arts at the Adelphi,1 have had good reason to complain to me of their disappointment in the want of that necessary elucidation which they knew I had drawn up at the desire of the Society, and which they expected to have found in the Account lately published by the Society, and circulated in their room;2 - though innocent on my own part, yet conscious of the justice of such complaint, I have, for the satisfaction of those disappointed purchasers, been driven to the vexatious necessity of losing more time, by running over the same ground again in the inclosed letter, in order to supply some part of those unkind, unfeeling omissions, which I had so little reason to expect from a Society 3 for whom I had done so much. I would therefore take it as a great favour, if you would be so good as to insert a copy of this said inclosed letter, in your Magazine, which has so4 deserved, so general and respectable a circulation; as by that means the information desired, may meet the other purchasers of those prints, in the other parts of Ireland,5 as well as in Great Britain. I have much reason to be sensible of your kindness on other occasions, though I have never had an opportunity of making my thankful acknowledgments for them before; and therefore I feel the more encouraged to request that you will, to those favours, conferred without any solicitation on my part, have the goodness to excuse this my first application to you, for the insertion of the inclosed letter, and as soon as possible.

I am, Sir, your's, &c.


July 15, 1803.
36, Castle-street, Oxford-market.