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
Mr James Barry painter
Street on the Strand
London. Bishop mark: May 2 1803; at the head of the next
page, otherwise blank, is written 'April 25th 1803
Redmond Barry (1754-1825), brother of James Barry; for details of his life
see Appendix F,'Redmond Barry'.
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
Corston lea H.M.Ship
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
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.
your letter to me on Board of the Mars at
Corston lea Or Else where I remain Your loving Brother