18 July 1799
I have received your Letter of the 12th Inst. 1- I have also received the Copy of your Letter to the Dilettanti Society.2 - I have looked into it, but have not yet had time wholly to peruse it. You know, how much I was concerned, at the unfortunate Disagreement, which took place between You, and the other Members of the Royal Academy;3 But for many Reasons, which it is unnecessary to state, it would be very improper in me, to present to His Majesty, as you desire, a Copy of the Publication before mentioned, or in any other way to interfere in this Business.
James Barry Esqre