Letter from JAMES LOACH to JAMES BARRY, written October 1765, at Cork

Source: MS James Barry Papers and Letters, f. 75, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. To
M.r James Barry
at M.r Harris's Stone
Cutter opposite Winslow Street
Oxford Road
London

In the right hand corner of the cover a different hand has written,     Mr. Loach
Oct. 1765.
Barry was in London until late October 1765, so the date seems approximately correct. The manuscript gives only the second or last page of the letter since it begins in mid-sentence.

James Loach has not been identified; the letter makes it clear he practised in some field of medicine, perhaps as an apothecary or a doctor. A Marriage Licence Bonds Index for the Cloyne diocese in Ireland lists the marriage of James Loach and Frances McCarthy in 1767; a James Loach is also named as witness to the will of Nicholas Chinnery in 1783.1 After seeing Barry in London, Loach now writes to him from Cork with news of Barry’s family and mutual friends there.

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…The Poor People & had some Extraordinary Cases. Since I Came here I have acquired a Little Reputation. Your Father Mother2 & friends are all well. Mattw Colbert3 is Married. Con Mahony 4is recovering of a Very Great Cold it fixed in his head which was all […] [gap in transcription (illegible), words: 1] swelled &a Very acute Feaver,5 had Confidence enough to be Guided by Me, is the same Con, & my Truest friend, I had The Misfortune of being a Little Giddy at Fulham’s.6 Every word I said was Scanned Next Night by M.r Fulham who related it to Dick7 a Great Parcel of Them Con happened to be There & Told me every word of it. I Thought I Could depend upon Fulham but Alas My Dear Friend I find The Greater Part of The World are of The same way of Thinking. I hope I’ll Triumph over them all as you do I am sure if Constant Application Will do it shall not be wanting. Will.m Ô Brien8 is Well is Well, is Gone to The Races of Tallow9 where he intends selling his horse and settling to studdy study . Con says it’s your Fault in not Writing to him as he says you Promised him & you even desired him in the one you wrote not to write till he heared heard from you again. Pardon My Dear All The Nonsence Nonsense This Contains as it is Wrote Without The Least reflection (for I was Affraid afraid of being Interrupted) & you'l you'll oblige

Your True Friend

James Loach

I would be for ever obliged to you if you’d Go to the Alleey Near Covent Garden Wher Where I bought the Silver Instrument & ask to See the set of Capital Instruments Know the Price of Them & Let me Know What they are as I hope in My Next to remit you What They will Cost as They are incredibly dear here. Adieu.10 -