Letter from SOCIETY OF ARTS to JAMES BARRY, written 19 March 1790, at Adelphi, London

Source: Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 471; the letter was first printed in Barry's A Letter to the Right Honourable the President, Vice-Presidents, and the rest of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, London, 1793; this text is thus a copy of the original.

Barry was upset that the Society of Arts had not consulted him while they discussed how to honour him for his paintings The Progress of Human Culture in the Great Room of the Society; he had written to the Secretary, Samuel More,1 on 16 March to request copies of the Society's minutes dating back to 1777.

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Adelphi , March 19, 1790.


Your note, dated March 16, having been read at the meeting of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, held on Wednesday last, I am directed to inform you that the request in the note cannot be taken into consideration, a motion for the same papers having been made on Wednesday the 10th instant and rejected. And I am also to send you a copy of the Rule and order of the Society, p.16, paragraph 17, which is as follows:

"No motion shall be permitted for the repealing any confirmed Resolution of the Society, till such Resolution has been in force three months, nor shall any motion that has been rejected be made again, till three months from the time of its rejection."2

I am, Sir, your very humble servant,

Sam. Samuel More, Secretary.

James Barry, Esq.