authentic walter scott
Sir Walter Scott, like Austen, is a relation to the Smith family; he was guardian to Margaret Maclean Clephane — Lady Compton (after 1828, the Marchioness of Northampton). A couple terrific websites have come to light, and I share those here:
Millgate Union Catalogue of Walter Scott Correspondence, at the National Library of Scotland, gives a fully searchable database. You’ll Find Lady Compton and the Clephanes well represented…
A recent discovery, and, although not quite as handy as the book volumes, I am grateful to find all the published edition of Letters online and fully searchable. The line numeration is a bit of a pain (though you always know which page you’re on in which volume!), and the notes seem missing, but this should prove an exceptionally useful source. One wish: someone needs to clean up the scanned text a bit.
Also useful is, of course, Scott’s Journal. Old editions can be found online. I’ll link of one of those when I get the chance.