Letter from SOCIETY OF ARTS to JAMES BARRY, written post 7 February 1805 , at Adelphi, London

Source: MS AD/MA/104/10/403, Royal Society of Arts, London.

A copy of Taylor's letter to the Scottish antiquarian and art collector David Steuart Erskine, earl of Buchan (1742-1829), dated 7 February, accompanied this letter. This letter was therefore written some days later. Clearly Barry was curious to know what Taylor had said in that letter and had asked for a copy. It is provided in the notes.

Charles Taylor (d. 1816), Secretary to the Society of Arts since 1799, was responsible for organising the fund that the Society had agreed to set up for Barry on the initiative of Lord Buchan; this involved contacting members of the Society and advertising the fund in the newspapers.1

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Society of Arts &c. Adelphi Feby February 1805

C. Taylors Taylor's Compliments to Mr Barry & begs Leave to observe to him that the Letter which C.Taylor wrote to Lord Buchan & of which Mr Barry has desired a Copy 2 is not a Letter written under the Sanction of the Society of the Arts as a Body, no Directions from them for such purpose having been given to C.Taylor.

They cannot as Lord Buchan justly observes consistently with the Laws of their Institution grant an Annuity as a Society. Mr Barry is not to consider C. Taylors Taylor's Letter to Lord Buchan of which the desired Copy is now sent further than the act of an Individual desirous of serving him & who is willing to cooperate with Lord Buchan & Mr Barrys Barry's other Friends in what C. Taylor conceives the most effectual Means for that purpose.