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Amelia Opie (née Alderson) was an English novelist, poet and leading abolitionist. One of her most well known novels was 'Adeline Mowbray' published in 1804, which included the themes of women's education, marriage and slavery and was inspired by her friend Mary Wollstonecraft. Opie became a Quaker in 1825 and continued her support of abolition, attending the World Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840.
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Title: Letter from Amelia Opie
Description: One of the oldest letters in the collection. Amelia Opie discusses matters of publication of a story for 'The Iris' (a collection of religious works edited by Rev. Thomas Dale). She highlights that an error was made in payment and she refers to her recent poor health and her intention to spend a winter in Paris.
Address: Norwich
Letter dated: 05-03-1830
Physical description: Sampson Low Letters, Volume 2, 3 pages ; letter folds are visible with delivery address on reverse. Brown wax seal. Small tear and Some minor glue seepage. Staining.
Type of letter: Discussion of work published or forthcoming, including copyright
Key works mentioned: The Iris
Letter note: This letter has a related note written by the Reverend Frederick William Low who compiled the volumes in c.1913: "Mrs Amelia Opie, novelist, born in 1769, married John Opie R. A. in 1798, died Dec: 2. 1853. She became a Quaker in 1825."
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Image rights: © National Portrait Gallery London. By John Opie oil on canvas 1798 29 1/4 in. x 24 1/2 in. (743 mm x 622 mm) Purchased 1887 cc-by-nc-nd
Identifier: SL_146