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- Biographical sketch, n.d., of Beilby Porteus (1731-1809), Bishop of London providing a brief outline of his life. Sketch apparently was on the reverse of a scrapbook page containing the envelope of a letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Fitzgerald (acc. 24170a). When the Jefferson letter was copied, so was Porteus' biographical sketch
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- Beilby Porteus was born 8 May 1731 in York, England, to Robert Porteus and his wife, natives of Virginia, who had moved to England in 1720. Porteus was educated at schools in York and in Ripon before entering Cambridge in 1748. He graduated in 1752 and entered the Church of England. He was appointed rector of Lambeth in 1767, and chaplain to the king in 1769. In 1776 he became Bishop of Chester. Porteus became Bishop of London in 1787. He was interested in providing religious instruction for slaves and providing for the church's poor clergy. Porteus married Margaret Hodgson 13 May 1765. He died 13 May 1809.
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