Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC721
TitleAccession 721: Papers of Rev Henry Carless
Extent2 folders
DescriptionThis collection consists of the personal papers of Rev Henry Carless relating to his missionary service in Persia including, correspondence including letters written in Farsi, instructions from CNS Committee 1896, letter of thanks from the council of Julfa Protestant Evangelical Church and a genealogy of ruling families of Bakhtiari tribes.
When Henry Carless died in Persia in 1898, his brother, Thomas J Carless, was named as sole executor of his will. The paperwork relating to the settlement of his brother's estate makes up a significant part of this collection and includes Henry Carless' will, death certificates and bank account books. Also included are photographs of Henry Carless and of his grave in Persia. PART OF THIS COLLECTION HAS BEEN RETAINED BY THE CMS AND SO IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION AT THE CADBURY RESEARCH LIBRARY. IT IS CURRENTLY HELD AT THE CROWTHER CENTRE FOR MISSION EDUCATION AT CMS IN OXFORD AND ENQUIRIES ABOUT ACCESS SHOULD BE MADE TO THE CMS ARCHIVIST, KEN OSBORNE (; Tel: 01865787553)
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider CMS/ACC unofficial papers catalogue) is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryHenry Carless (1860-1898) of Richmond, Surrey graduated in theology from Christ Church College, Cambridge and went on to Ridley Hall, then worked as a curate in parishes in Liverpool and Deane, Lancashire, before being ordained in 1887. In 1888 he was accepted by the CMS for missionary service in Persia where he worked first in Julfa (1888-1895) and then Kerman where he died of Typhoid fever in 1898.

References: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905)
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS February 1994
Related MaterialThe Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society which includes papers relating to Henry Carless' service as a missionary.


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