RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoSSJE/6/9/1/1
Extent8 files
TitleCorrespondence with Fr. Benson
Date1883-1890
DescriptionLetters sent by Fr. Puller from Cape Town, South Africa. Initially Fr. Puller serves as Chaplain to the All Saints Sisters of the Poor, having been asked by Bishop West Jones, Archbishop of Cape Town to take over from the unwell Rev. E.E. Holmes, and is based at St. George's Home where the Sisters run a hostel for girls and a medical mission, which included the care of lepers on Robben Island.

Fr. Puller's arrival in South Africa in 1883 marks the beginning of SSJE work in that country and the letters he writes, generally at a rate of 1 letter per week, paint a vivid picture of the harsh realities of the life as a missionary priest during the period and give valuable insight as to the expectations placed on the Society, the role they were expected to fill and the opposition they faced from some quarters.

The early letters are sent from St. George's Home and continue to be until mid-1884 when SSJE secure a property at 15 Sir Lowry Road in the St. Mark's District of Cape Town, a move which casues some initial consternation with the clergy in that diocese.

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NA2537/Cape Town/South Africa
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