Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
William White Sermon, Of Anticipation of Heaven , [18th-19th century]

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: William White Sermon, Of Anticipation of Heaven
Creator: White, William, 1748-1836
Inclusive dates: [18th-19th century]
Extent: 1 volume
In this 68-page sermon, Bishop William White of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania explored the topic of salvation and the Christian promise of heaven.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1944. M-501.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

William White Sermon, Of Anticipation of Heaven , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


William White was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Colonel Thomas White and Esther Hewlings on April 4, 1748. After graduating from the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) in 1765, he studied religion with Episcopal minister William Smith, and was ordained in England on April 25, 1772. He served as rector of Philadelphia's Christ Church from 1779 to 1836, and eventually became a figurehead within the North American Episcopal community. A strong advocate for the consecration of bishops in American constituencies, he was consecrated as the bishop for the Pennsylvania diocese in 1786, and he served as the Protestant Episcopal Church's presiding bishop from 1795 until his death. He and his wife, Mary Harrison, married in 1773 and had eight children. Bishop William White died in Philadelphia on July 17, 1836.

Collection Scope and Content Note

In this 68-page sermon, Bishop William White of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania explored the topic of salvation and the Christian promise of heaven.

White's sermon, titled "Of Anticipation of Heaven" and numbered 159 in a series, concerns doctrines of salvation and the promise of heaven. White discussed related topics such as good works, the "fruits of the spirit," and spiritual changes within recent converts.

William White made annotations to the sermon; some revisions appear on tipped-in or pasted-in pieces of paper and others were made in red ink. Passages from scripture are identified by notes in red ink at the bottom of each page. George Macpherson, White's great-grandson, had the original pages re-bound in the late 19th century, pasted White's autograph onto the front cover, and presented the volume to George W. Childs as a gift. His February 26, 1882, letter bequeathing the book to Childs is laid into the volume.

Subject Terms

    • Episcopal Church--Sermons.
    • Heaven--Christianity--Sermons.
    • Salvation--Christianity--Sermons.
    • Sermons, American.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Sermons.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    William White Sermon, Of Anticipation of Heaven, [18th-19th century] [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    In addition to numerous published works by William White, the Clements Library holds manuscripts by White in the following collections: The Blandina Diedrich collection contains 8 pages of sermon notes by William White; Episcopal Bishops collection; Horace Holley papers; Anthony Wayne family papers; and William Young papers.


    Harp, Gillis J. "White, William." American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press, 2000. DOI: 08-01644.