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William Meade Papers, 1807-1861

William Meade Papers, 1807-1861
Mss. 74 M46, Mss Sm Coll Add.20, and Acc. 2012.014
118.0 Items
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, 1807-1861, of the Right Reverend William Meade who was a minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church and third Bishop of the Church in Virginia. The early correspondence pertains to his studies at Princeton and his decision to enter the ministry. Subsequent correspondence deals with religious controversy, particularly after his election as Assistant Bishop of Virginia in 1829. The discipline of clergy and laity and disagreement over doctrinal issues form an important part of the collection as well as his referral to his concern for the religious instruction of slaves. Among his correspondents were Richard Channing Moore, William Rollinson Whittingham and J. H. Wingfield. An additional letter separated yet belonging to the collection can be found under collection number: Sm. Coll. Add. 20.

Mss. Acc. 2012.014 contains a letter from William Meade to William N. Ward, of Berkley Parish in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

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This two-box collection of correspondence is arranged chronologically by date with those items without dates found at the end. It has also been arranged into 9 Series;

Series 1. Correspondence, 1800-1810,

Series 2. Correspondence, 1811-1820,

Series 3. Correspondence, 1821-1830,

Series 4. Correspondence, 1831-1840,

Series 5. Correspondence, 1841-1850,

Series 6. Correspondence, 1851-1860,

Series 7. Correspondence, 1861-1870,

Series 8. Correspondence, Undated,

Series 9. Correspondence - Addition.

Meade, William (1789-1862)
Episcopal Church--Virginia--Clergy--19th century
Episcopal Church--Virginia--History--19th century
Moore, Richard Channing, 1762-1841
United States--Religious History--Christianity
Virginia--Religious history
Whittingham, William Rollinson, 1809-1879
Wingfield, J. H

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Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
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Acquisition Note
 Source: Doris Harris of California..
Purchased: 116 items, July 1974. Backlog: 1 item. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.
Preferred Citation
William Meade Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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