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Opie (Amelia Alderson) Correspondence
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Amelia Alderson Opie correspondence
    Creator: Opie, Amelia, 1769-1853
    Identifier/Call Number: mssOP
    Physical Description: 5.83 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1794-1854
    Date (bulk): 1820-1840
    Abstract: Correspondence belonging to British Romantic poet and author Amelia Alderson Opie.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Amelia Alderson Opie Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Sotheby's, June 1953.

    Biographical / Historical

    Amelia Alderson Opie was a British Romantic poet and author. She was born in Norwich in 1769 to physician James Alderson and Amelia Briggs. Her mother died when Opie was 15. She anonymously published her first novel, The dangers of coquetry in 1790 at the age of 21. She married painter John Opie in 1798. Opie was the author of over a dozen novels and eight volumes of poetry. She was an active abolitionist and joined the Quakers in 1814. She died in Norwich in 1853.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of correspondence, most of which are from Amelia Alderson Opie, to her cousin, Eliza Alderson Briggs (173 letters) and husband Henry Perronet Briggs (100 letters). Many of the remaining letters in the collection are to other Alderson family members. Subjects discussed include the life and affairs of Amelia Alderson Opie and her family and friends, local trips to the country, their social lives and activities, current plays and books, several brief trips to Paris and the Rhineland, local elections, the Quaker philanthropist and writer Joseph John Gurney, and the paintings of Henry Briggs Other individuals represented in the collection include Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (26 pieces) and William Godwin (1 letter to Amelia Alderson Opie)

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff. In 2020, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    This collection has been digitized in its entirety and the digital reproductions are available in the Huntington Digital Library. 


    Arranged alphabetically.


    Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssOP 1-364.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women authors, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century
    Briggs, Eliza
    Briggs, Henry Perronet, 1792-1844
    David d'Angers, Pierre-Jean, 1788-1856
    Godwin, William, 1756-1836
    Gurney, Joseph John, 1788-1847
    Godwin, William, 1756-1836