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.
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.