This collection comprises the personal diaries of Reverend A. E. Richardson relating to his service as a CMS missionary in West Africa, 1899-1900 and India, 1903-1904.
Papers of Reverend A. E. Richardson
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 150 CMS/ACC56
- Dates of Creation1899-1904
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description8 volumes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Albert Ernest Richardson (b. c. 1868) was educated at Oxford High School, London City Technical College and the University of Oxford. He obtained a B.A in 1894, M.A. in 1897 and B.D. in 1901. He initially offered his services as a missionary to the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1895 but this was deferred. He was ordained as a deacon in 1896 and as a priest in 1897 and between 1896 and 1898 was curate of St Clement's, Ipswich. In 1898 he was accepted as a missionary and left for Lagos and then went overland to Tripoli as a member (with Walter Miller, George Burns and John Burgin) of a pioneer party for Hausaland Mission led by Bishop Tugwell. He returned to England from Hausaland in 1900. In 1902 his re-offer for service was accepted and in 1903 he went to Bombay. He resigned in 1905 on medical grounds. He was author of Hausaland and the Gospel .
Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 ( Church Missionary Society, 1905 ).
This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers.
Conditions Governing Access
Open. Access to all registered researchers.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented to the CMS in 1954; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.
Other Finding Aids
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