I am very much obliged to you for your kind letter 1 & hope your goodness will make every allowance for my not having answered it sooner, but of all things I hate writing at any time more particularly at present when I had resolved to allow myself some days Sabbath to the utter exclusion of all manner of labour even of that which was most agreeable to me. I shall be sincerely obliged to you for your corrected copy of my account of the pictures2 and the freer and the more extensive your strictures areare the more thankful I shall be, whatever is for use shall be adopted and I will further promise you that whatever may not be to the purpose shall be thrown aside with as little reluctance as if I had written them myself. I expect to find you on a wrong scent in what you call my violence and wch which you may think has been carried too far,3 and I shall have a pleasure in setting you right as to that matter the first time wee meet: You will find nothing has arisen from resentment, nothing from a desire of retaliating, nothing from […] [gap in transcription (illegible)] paultrypaultry4 interested views, such motives 'thoalthough I might be inclined to make allowance for them in others I should reprobate in myself, it appeared to me a bounden duty to point out for the common good whatever I could discover of those quick sands, shoals & rocks that obstruct & endanger our Viaggiatori in the belle Arti 5 and I am confident that the artsarts and the reputation of the Country will receive essential service whenever this Chart (of wch which I have made but a rude sketch) shall be perfected by some man of more information and better abilities (thothough perhaps not of more love for truth, for the publick &6 […] [gap in transcription (illegible), words: 1] , energy, […] [gap in transcription (illegible), words: 4] this matter as it deserves. 'ThoAlthough I dont don't wish to hurry you, yet I hope your copy will come soon, I accept of your terms, or rather I insist upon them, but do not content yourself with what you may have written in the margin in which upon this occasion I am sorry to believe you must be streightned streightened for want of room, however you can stick papers between the leaves & in charity spare not the rod as it may save the Child,7 I have on all hands got more praise than I well know what to do with & something else may now be more profitable to me.
In what you say of yourself I feel for the Country, the loss is theirs, not yours. God Almighty has so ordered matters in this world that it is praise worthy & honourable when Genious Genius & abilities will struggle to exert themselves for the service of others, it was for this end they were given & with the consciousness of these honest & dutiful endeavours such men must be contented and indeed ought to be happy, as no more can depend upon themselves: Others are to be accountable and to receive glory or infamy for what is done on their part in the assistance or the obstructions they may have flung in the way. farewell
Yours most AffectionatelyJames Barry
My best respects to M.rs & Miss Young8
To Arthur Young EsqrEsquire