Letter from JAMES BARRY to GEORGE TENNANT, written 28 March 1805, at Castle Street, London

Source: MS James Barry Papers and Letters, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. [img]

The MS is written on the leaf facing another letter of invitation to Barry. The number of corrections and blots, along with illegible passages, indicate this was a draft. The reader needs to refer to the Full display to make sense of certain parts.

George Tennant (d.c.1814) was elected a member of the Society of Arts in 1801;1 from the following letter, he appears to have been chairman of the Society of Arts Committee working on the fund which the Society wanted to establish for Barry.

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Dr Dear Sir /

[…] [gap in transcription (illegible), words: 2] very conscious of ye the great impropriety of my presuming in any Stage of that plan of honourablehonourable redress, so honourable set on foot by my every wayevery way illustrious freindfriend ye the Earl of Buchan2 & wch which your Committee have carried on with so much Zeal & publick such a Zealous & true spirit of publicity;3 yet […] [gap in transcription (illegible)] […] [gap in transcription (illegible)] […] [gap in transcription (illegible)] I cannot he […] [gap in transcription (illegible), words: 1] lamenting that lamenting iflamenting if ye the Noble part of ye the vice presidency […] [gap in transcription (illegible)] ye the Society should appear notnot to have been not to have be […] [gap in transcription (illegible)]decorously & particularlyparticularly attended to in any matter where my name, my honour or interests could be in ye the least concerned. His feeling My feelings on this subject induced me in ye the very outset of ye the business […] [gap in transcription (illegible)] […] [gap in transcription (illegible)] to press itthis matterthis matter on ye the attention of ye the secretary & such gentlemen of ye the Committee as I had seen, the Dukes of To mention them. To The Dukes of Northumberland & Richmond4 (to mention them alphabetically) I had long ye the honour of being known to having painted both & besides being greatly obliged to each as ye the Duke of Richmond was so good as to be ye the bearor bearer of & to present in my behalf to his Majesty & to present in my behalf to his Majesty my prints5 of that work at ye the Adelphi & it was owing to ye the kind interference of ye the Duke of Northumberland & […] [gap in transcription (illegible)] joined with that most amiable of men ye the late & ye the present Lord Romney6 that I obtained those gracious & cheerfulgracious & cheerful sittings from his Royal Highness ye the Prince of Wales7 wch which enabled me to compleat ye complete the work & the Earl of Radnor I had been long indebted for his familiar & freindlyfriendly countenance & shall never forget his obliging manner of pressing a fifty pound bank Check upon me at ye the time when my house was broke open8 & pillaged of near three hundred pounds by ye the limbsvile instrumentsvile instruments of a combination whose annoying annoying animosities have in some shape or other followed me ever since never ceased to plague & persecute me. The corresponding civilitiescorresponding civilities of ye the Earl of Liverpool9 adverted in page - XXXII of ye the SocietysSociety's Transactions. 1801. & also also To His Grace ye the Duke of Portland10 I have not ye the honour of being personally known, yet His Grace's high publick consideration & con situation as vice president must necessarily place a matter of this Kind immediately under his notice. I feel happy with ye the manner in wch which your Committee have addressed our President His Grace ye the Duke of Norfolk11 on this occasion & I hope it is yet good time to adopt that or some similar mode independent of ye the at leastat least with ye the Noble part of ye the vice presidency independent of ye the mere common circular letter, to ye the members of ye the Society & ye the publick in& ye the publick in in General. wch which if aI have every apology to make to you & ye the other gentlemen of ye the Committee for ye the intrusion of my suggestion on this occasion, & you will I hope have ye the goodness to excuse & to ascribe it to my feelings wch which otherwise would have been much wounded. I remain dear Sir with eve great truth & respecting suchsinceritysincerity your much obliged & very humbserv.t humble servant

J.B.James Barry

To George Tennant 20 Great Ormond St.Street.12
fridayFriday March 28. 1805