One of the intriguing aspects of working on Opie is the quest for materials that were known in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but which have since fallen from view. Below we list manuscripts referred to in critical sources, but which we have not yet been able to locate. Brightwell refers to a number of manuscript sources no longer readily available, and Margaret Macgregor offers a detailed account of the manuscript sources she consulted for Amelia Opie: Worldling and Friend. Any assistance with tracking these items down would be very much appreciated!
Autobiography and Journals
Brightwell quotes copiously from Opie’s journals and a short autobiography. Macgregor mentions a “journal of Mrs Opie’s Cornwall trip” among the Carr MSS. We have not been able to locate these papers.
Account of the Anti-Slavery Convention of 1840, day 2
Brightwell quotes from an account of the second day of the Convention. We have located an uncatalogued account of the first day of the Convention at the library of Williams College (see above), but no trace of day two.