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Reverend William Meade, Episcopal Bishop of Virginia

The Right Revd. Bishop Meade, Rector of Christ Church, Norfolk.

This 1836 portrait depicts the Reverend William Meade, then serving as rector of Christ Church in Norfolk as well as assistant Episcopal bishop of Virginia. Meade served as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia from 1841 until his death in 1862.

Citation: Bishop William Meade lithograph, 1836, Accession #5129. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Original Author: Gambardella and W. J. Hubard, artists; Endicott, lithographer

Created: 1836

Medium: Lithograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Pastoral Letter.

This 1854 reprint of a pastoral letter was written twenty years earlier by the Reverend William Meade, then the assistant Episcopal bishop of Virginia. In it he issues a directive "to the Ministers, Members, and Friends of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia on the Duty of Affording Religious Instruction to Those in Bondage." Though he freed his own slaves, Meade did not denounce slaveholding as sinful and he urged slave masters to provide religious instruction for their human property. Meade was an early proponent of the American Colonization Society's plan to send free African Americans to Africa.

Citation: Pastoral Letter of the Right Rev. William Meade, Assistant Bishop of Virginia, to the Ministers, Members, and Friends, of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia, on the Duty of Affording Religious Instruction to Those in Bondage. E185.7 .M4 1854. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Original Author: Reverend William Meade

Created: 1834 letter; 1854 reprint

Medium: Book cover

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • The Right Revd. Bishop Meade, Rector of Christ Church, Norfolk.

    This 1836 portrait depicts the Reverend William Meade, then serving as rector of Christ Church in Norfolk as well as assistant Episcopal bishop of Virginia. Meade served as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia from 1841 until his death in 1862.

    Citation: Bishop William Meade lithograph, 1836, Accession #5129. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

    Original Author: Gambardella and W. J. Hubard, artists; Endicott, lithographer

    Created: 1836

    Medium: Lithograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Pastoral Letter.

    This 1854 reprint of a pastoral letter was written twenty years earlier by the Reverend William Meade, then the assistant Episcopal bishop of Virginia. In it he issues a directive "to the Ministers, Members, and Friends of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia on the Duty of Affording Religious Instruction to Those in Bondage." Though he freed his own slaves, Meade did not denounce slaveholding as sinful and he urged slave masters to provide religious instruction for their human property. Meade was an early proponent of the American Colonization Society's plan to send free African Americans to Africa.

    Citation: Pastoral Letter of the Right Rev. William Meade, Assistant Bishop of Virginia, to the Ministers, Members, and Friends, of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia, on the Duty of Affording Religious Instruction to Those in Bondage. E185.7 .M4 1854. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

    Original Author: Reverend William Meade

    Created: 1834 letter; 1854 reprint

    Medium: Book cover

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections