Letter from JAMES BARRY to SIR HORACE
pre 24 January 1767
Source: Fryer, Works of Barry, i. 82.
Although the letter carries no date, it was written before Sir Horace Mann's
reply of 24 January. Barry follows William Burke's advice not to make a
special journey to Florence to present his letter of introduction from Lord
Shelburne to Sir Horace Mann (1706-86), the
British envoy in Florence. William Burke had written, 'inclose the letter
with a very civil one from yourself to Sir Horace, and profess how happy you
would be to receive his commands' (William Burke to Barry, 3 December,1766).
As I cannot conveniently wait upon you at present, you will be so kind as to
excuse my sending by the post the enclosed letter of Lord Shelburne.1 I hope
to have the honour of making my respects to you in person, about the latter end
of April, as the warm weather and long days will be more favourable to my scheme
of making some studies after the pictures, &c. in Florence; if in the
mean time you have any commands to honour me with, you will please to direct to
me at the English coffee-house,2 Rome.
I am, sir,
With great respect,
Your obedient humble servant,