Letter from SOCIETY OF ARTS to JAMES BARRY, written 19 March 1796, at Adelphi, London

Source: MS AD/MA/104/10/403, f. 133, Royal Society of Arts, London. [img]

Samuel More (1726-99), apothecary and administrator, was elected Secretary of the Society in 1770; he was also made a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1774, probably at the proposal of the American author, politician and scientist Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)(D.G.C.Allan,'“Dear and Serviceable to Each Other”: Benjamin Franklin and the Royal Society of Arts', Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society,144 (3), September 2000, p. 262).

The Secretary responds to Barry's request (Barry to the Society of Arts, 2 March 1796) that a resolution be rescinded1 in the Society's Minutes that forbade anyone to copy his paintings The Progress of Human Culture in the Society's Great Room in the Adelphi.

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Adelphi March 19th 1796


I am directed by the Socty for the Ent of A M &C Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce to return you, their thanks for the note received from you on the 2d Inst Instant2 relative to the permitting M.rPhillips3 to colour a set of your prints from the Series of pictures in the Societys Great Room; and I have to inform you that in Consequence of that note the Resolution which forbid 4 the medling meddling with the Pictures has been rescinded & Mr Phillips will be at Liberty to do what he has requested I am

Sir Your very hble Servt humble Servant

S M Samuel More Secry Secretary

Jas James Barry Esqr