Letter from REDMOND BARRY to JAMES BARRY, written ante 2 May 1803 , at H.M.Ship 'Mars'

Source: MS James Barry Papers and Letters, f.87, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Cover: To/
Mr James Barry painter
Suffock Suffolk Street on the Strand
No.mbr Number 18,
London. Bishop mark: May 2 1803; at the head of the next page, otherwise blank, is written 'April 25th 1803 Plymouth'.

Redmond Barry (1754-1825), brother of James Barry; for details of his life see Appendix F,'Redmond Barry'. [go] Redmond, like his other brother, Patrick, served in the navy. He Had been paid off with the rest of the crew from the 'Resolution' in 1802 and had just returned from a visit to their sister Mary Ann in Ireland.

The letter presents some difficulties concerning its date: Barry's address is given as Suffolk Street where Barry lived until 1786; the bishop mark, 2 May 1803, suggests the letter was written on or shortly before that date. The news that their brother Patrick has died points to this latter date rather than some time when Barry was living in Suffolk Street.

The sense of the letter is sometimes difficult to follow given the erratic punctuation.

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Corston lea H.M.Ship

Dear Brother

I was very Cruelly used by my Sister.1 and her husband as rendering me the smallest aid they used every means in their power to prevent me from getting bread. at last I was very happy to have it in my power to get quit of them - and the Country by entering on Board of a Man of war2 never to come to pay Ireland a visit Again, let the Consequence be as it will. you are all the friends I have in this world as Patrick3 is no more Therefore I hope you will Consider me as a mere and dear welwisher well-wisher and if you think it worth your Notice, I would be Sincerely happy to know how you are at all times. - as there is but two of us living. direct Direct your letter to me on Board of the Mars at Corston lea Or Else where I remain Your loving Brother

Redmond Barry