Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC919
TitleAccession 919: Papers of A. E. Richardson
Extent1 folder
Datelate 19th-early 20th century
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DescriptionNotebook containing notes, stories, journal entries and jottings, late 19th-early 20th cent; with other personal papers including passport issued by the consul at Cairo for travel to Palestine and Syria, 1906 and a permit to travel through the Khyber Passs, 1903; and various photographs including personal photographs taken in India and commercially produced photographs, mostly of Egypt
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 HistoryAlbert Ernest Richardson (b c 1868) was educated at Oxford High School, London City Technical College and the University of Oxford obtaining a BA in 1894 (Natural Sciences), MA in 1897 and BD in 1901. His initial offer of service to the CMS in 1895 was deferred and, after ordination as a deacon in 1896 and as a priest in 1897, from 1896-1898 he served as curate of St Clement's, Ipswich before being accepted by CMS 18 May 1897. He left for Lagos in November 1898, and then went overland to Tripoli as a member of a pioneer party for Hausaland Mission led by Bishop Herbert Tugwell (c 1855-1936); the other members of the group were fellow CMS missionaries, Rev John Robert Burgin (1869-1920); Rev John Claud Dudley Ryder (1873-1900) and Rev Walter Richard Samuel Miller (1873-1952). He returned to England from Hausaland in July 1899 and then out to the CMS Western Equatorial Africa Mission (Lagos and Hausaland) in December. On 6 June 1900, poor health led to his return to England from Gierku, Hausaland; in November 1901, he was appointed to undertake special deputation work in England. A year later, his re-offer as a missionary was accepted (16 December 1902) and on 30 April 1903 he sailed out for Bombay, India. He returned to England in February 1904 before resigning on medical grounds early in 1905. His subsequent career included service as Deputation Secretary with the CMS, 1904-1906, curate of St Andrew, Plymouth 1906-1910, Metropolitan Secretary of the Church Army 1910-1914, Warden of the Church Army Training College 1914-1940 and curate of St Mary-at-Hill, London, 1914-1939. He was author of 'Hausaland and the Gospel' (London, 1901). His sister, (Emala) Edith Richardson, went out to Bombay with the Zenana Bible and Medical Mission in 1898; she married James Punnett Butlin, a CMS missionary in November 1904.

Source: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904. Church Missionary Society, 1905 (annotated version); Crockford's Clerical Directory 1947
AcquisitionPresented October 2009
Related MaterialCadbury Research Library holds the official archive of Church Missionary Society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Richardson's service as a CMS missionary. Special Collections also holds the personal diaries of Rev A. E. Richardson relating to his service as a CMS missionary in West Africa, 1898-1900 and India, 1903-1904, CMS/ACC56, which were presented by the same donor and papers relating to missionary colleagues most notably the 'Tugwell Collection' (GB 0150 DA44) and Papers of Walter Richard Samuel Miller (GB 0150 CMS/ACC237).


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