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Matheson and Co Ltd

 Organization

Biography

The merchant banking firm of Matheson & Co. was founded in 1848 to manage the London interests of Jardine, Matheson & Co. It succeeded Magniac, Jardine Co., which had fulfilled this role since 1839, and took over its premises at 3 Lombard Street, where it remains. It became a limited company in 1908.

Matheson & Co.'s varied responsibilities were undertaken by a number of different departments. The Companies Department oversaw its work as the secretaries and registrars of various public companies associated chiefly with Jardine, Matheson & Co. and Jardine Henderson Ltd of Calcutta (formerly Jardine, Skinner & Co.). The companies under its remit included the British & Chinese Corporation Ltd, Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, Mountain Copper Co. Ltd, Chamber Wharf & Cold Stores Ltd and Ch. Goldrei, Foucard & Sons Ltd.

The Export Department bought capital goods and a wide range of manufactured goods, textiles, metals and chemicals, principally for Jardine, Matheson & Co.'s Import Department and the Jardine Engineering Corporation. It acted as Agents for the Hongkong & Kowloon Wharf & Godown Co. Ltd, Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd and Hongkong Tramways Ltd in Hong Kong, and for the Ewo Cotton Mills Ltd, Ewo Breweries Ltd, Shanghai & Hongkew Wharf Co. Ltd, Shanghai Dockyards Ltd and Shanghai Power Co. in Shanghai. It bought for Jardine Henderson Ltd, Calcutta, and represented that firm in the handling, buying and shipping of exports from the U.K. and the Continent. It also dealt with industrial concerns in the United Kingdom and the Continent which were represented by agencies in the Far East belonging to Jardine, Matheson & Co.

The Produce Department was concerned chiefly with Jardine, Matheson & Co.'s China Produce business. It handled large quantities of all types of produce shipped from the Far East on Jardine, Matheson & Co.'s behalf, including bristles, eggs, stillingia oil, teaseed oil, wood oil, and sheep and camel's wool. The Tea Section sold tea for Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd and the Indian tea companies managed by Jardine Henderson Ltd.

The Insurance Department's main business was underwriting for the Canton Insurance Office Ltd, which was managed by Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong. The firm was also underwriter for the Lombard Assurance Co. Ltd and Triton Insurance Co. Ltd, and had a close association with the Alliance Assurance Co. Ltd.

The Banking and Finance Department arranged the finance of Jardine, Matheson & Co.'s import and export business throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, and financed the trading of Matheson & Co.'s own subsidiary companies throughout the world. It also provided assistance to present and retired members of staff of Jardine, Matheson & Co., as well as the staff of Matheson & Co., with the handling of their investments.

Lastly, the Shipping Office handled the interests of Jardine, Matheson & Co.'s two main shipping companies, the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd and the Australia China Line Ltd.

Over time Matheson & Co. acquired a number of subsidiary trading companies. These included Bradley British Overseas Ltd; Durant, Bevan & Co. Ltd; Huth Produce Sales Ltd; Huth Coffee Sales Ltd; Huth Produce Sales (Overseas) Ltd; Huth Trading Co. Ltd; Lombard Assurance Co. Ltd; Miles & Kitson Ltd; and Mathesons Nominees Ltd.

Found in 39 Collections and/or Records:

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 Sub-Series

Accounts current, 1812-1902

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/A4
Scope and Contents Accounts current kept by the main office of Jardine, Matheson & Co. and its predecessors at, successively, Canton, Macao and Hong Kong (1-64), and by the offices at Shanghai (65-100), Canton (101-106), Yokohama (107-108), and London (109-118). The majority of the volumes are comprised of general accounts, but there are also accounts devoted to specific individuals, bodies or locations, including the China coast, ships, steamers, companies and ports. The London volumes include accounts...
Dates: 1812-1902
Conditions Governing Access: Some of the records are unavailable due to their poor physical condition.
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Business letters: Africa, 1825-1881

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B6/1
Scope and Contents Letters from Africa and the surrounding islands. The correspondents include William Ainslie (of Shaw, Ainslie & Co. and Colvin, Ainslie, Cowie & Co.); A.P. Ambrose; Charles Arkcoll; Ernest Arnal; Thomas Baker (at St Helena); F. Baker & Co.; Samuel Ball; Henry Barlow; B.A. Barretto & Co.; Philip Baylis (of H.C.S. 'Canning'); Robert Berry; James Black & Co.; Blyth Brothers & Co.; Captain Charles James Bolton; Borradailes, Thompson & Pillans; John Frederick Bourne;...
Dates: 1825-1881
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reel 476.
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Business letters: America, 1821-1898

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B6/2
Scope and Contents Letters from the United States, comprised of 4,296 principal letters and 176 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:Alexander G. Abell; F. Alger; Allan and Hogg; Richard Alsop; Alsop and Co.; American Guano Co.; American Watch Co.; Ammon, Caspari and Co.; Dr Alexander Anderson; J.E. Anderson; Anderson and Co.; Anderson, Weller and Co.; G.S. de Angelini (Captain of the 'Marinus'); John T. Archer; F. Argenti and Co.; Arkell, Tufts and Co.; Nicolas Tanco...
Dates: 1821-1898
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 477 (letters nos 1-347), 478 (347*-725), 479 (726-1145), 480 (1146-1513), 481 (1514-1892), 482 (1893-2169), 483 (2170-2324), 484 (2325-2531), 485 (2532-2687), 486 (2688-3061), 487 (3062-3339), 488 (3340-3450), 489 (3451-3783), 490 (3784-4149), 491 (4150-4496), 492 (4497-4926 and S1-118) and 493 (S119-176).
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Business letters: Amoy, 1833-1898

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B7/1
Scope and Contents The correspondents include the following names:H.E.C. Abendroth; Rutherford Alcock; Walter E. Allum; L.A. Andersen; J.W. Andrew; Nicolas Tanco Armero; Hugh Wylie Auld (Captain of S.S. 'Melbourne' and S.S. 'Glenlyon').John Backhouse; Allan W. Bain; Bain, Low & Co.; James Matthew Banks (Captain of the 'Augusta May' and attorney for John Cuthbert, Sydney); Henry Barnett (of the 'Lord of the Isles' and 'Flying Spur'); John G. Batty (Captain of the 'Viola'); John Bellamy;...
Dates: 1833-1898
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 465 (letters nos 1-350), 466 (351-815), 467 (816-1230), 468 (1231-1552), 469 (1553-1869), 470 (1870-2194), 471 (2195-2699), 472 (2700-3168), 473 (3169-3565), 474 (3566-3979) and 475 (3980-4298).
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Business letters: Australasia, 1824-1898

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B6/3
Scope and Contents There are 4,827 principal letters and 47 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:G.F. Agnew; Agra & Masterman's Bank Ltd; Alcock & Co.; C.J. Aldridge; John Alexander (of Gilchrist, Alexander & Co.); J. Allport; Allport & Roberts; Captain George Cobham Anderson (Marine Superintendent, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong); Thomas Andrew; T.E. Angel; Australian Agricutural Co.J. Badcock; Henry C. Bailie; J. Baillie; A.B. Bain (of Cargill...
Dates: 1824-1898
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 370 (letters nos 1-322), 371 (324-671), 372 (672-1056), 453 (1057-1507), 454 (1508-1847), 455 (1848-2231), 456 (2232-2559), 457 (2561-3000), 458 (3001-3393), 459 (3394-3771), 460 (3772-4410), 461 (4111-4564) and 462 (4565-4827 and S1-47). Letter no. 323 has not been microfilmed.
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Business letters: Calcutta, 1818-1893

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B6/5
Scope and Contents There are 8,540 principal letters and 20 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:H.W. Abbott; J. Abbott; Abdool Raxlee Isabhoy; George Ure Adam; Aga Mirza Sherazie; Aga Syed Ally; Aga Syed Saduck; Agabeg Brothers; Agricultural & Horticultural Society, Calcutta; M. di Aguiar; Agurchund Hurrukchund; Ahmuty & Co.; William Ainslie (of Shaw, Ainslie & Co. and Colvin, Ainslie, Cowie & Co.); John Alexander (of Canton); Alexander & Co.;...
Dates: 1818-1893
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 61 (letters nos 1-309), 62 (310-659), 63 (660-1010), 64 (1011-1242), 65 (1243-1519), 66 (1520-1756), 67 (1757-1979), 68 (1980-2298), 69 (2299-2756), 70 (2757-3245), 71 (3246-3776), 72 (3777-4131), 73 (4132-4562), 74 (4563-4903), 75 (4904-5285), 76 (5286-5731), 77 (5732-5938), 78 (5939-6170), 79 (6171-6369), 80 (6370-6698), 81 (6699-7095), 82 (7096-7409), 83 (7410-7706), 84 (7707-7998), 85 (7999-8310) and 86 (8311-8540 and S1-20).
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Business letters: East Indies, Siam and Malaya, 1821-1898

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B6/6
Scope and Contents There are 11,133 principal letters and 33 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:Fabian de Abaroa; G.E. Adams (Captain of the 'Reunion'); Abdool Allie; Abdool Rhamma Ben Mahomed; Abdul Rassool; Abed ben Sakur; H.E.C. Abendroth; Ackland & Boyd; Lim Acquay; [ ] Adam; J.L. Adam; William Adam (of the 'Swallow'); Adam & Co.; William Adamson; [ ] Afoune; Aga Abdul Rahim Bin Hajee Abdul Rasool (Abdul Rahim); Henry Alabaster; Major Edward Aldrich...
Dates: 1821-1898
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 87 (letters nos 1-240), 88 (241-567), 89 (568-899), 90 (900-1271), 91 (1272-1504), 92 (1505-1769), 93 (1770-2082), 94 (2083-2353), 95 (2354-2663), 96 (2664-2956), 97 (2957-3311), 98 (3312-3728), 99 (3729-3821), 100 (3822-4232), 101 (4233-4671), 102 (4672-5184), 103 (5185-5559), 103A (5560-5713), 104 (5714-6240), 105 (6241-6324), 106 (6325-6819*), 107 (6819**-7280), 108 (7281-7671), 109 (7671*-8088), 110 (8089-8496), 111 (8497-8730), 112 (8731-9348), 113 (9348*-9845), 114 (9846-10014), 115 (10015-10602) and 116 (10603-11133 and S1-33).
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Business letters: Europe, 1820-1891

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B6/7
Scope and Contents Letters from places in Europe other than Great Britain, including Turkey, with some from Egypt. There are 6,020 principal letters and 148 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:R.B. Abbott; L.G. Adam; A.K. Agélasto; Aguirravengoa fils y Uribarren; Charles Alexander & Co.; S. Aliotti; Aliotti Frères; J. Allard; A. Allievi; Captain George Cobham Anderson (Marine Superintendent, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong); Anderson, Höber & Co.; Jean Baptiste...
Dates: 1820-1891
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 118 (letters nos 1-332) 119 (333-800), 161 (801-970), 162 (970-1136), 163 (1137-1553), 164 (1554-1640), 165 (1641-1954), 166 (1954-2138), 167 (2139-2542), 168 (2543-2737), 169 (2738-3097), 170 (3098-3251), 171 (3252-3547), 172 (3547-3662), 173 (3662*-3813), 174 (3814-4027*), 175 (4027**-4243), 176 (4244-4454), 177 (4454*-4581), 178 (4582-4663), 179 (4664-4761), 180 (4762-4581), 181 (4582-4950), 182 (4951-5049), 183 (5050-5140), 184 (5141-5224), 185 (5224-5331), 186 (5332-5458), 187 (5459-5577), 188 (5578-5679), 189 (5680-5786), 190 (5787-5883) and 191 (5884-6020 and S1-148).
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Business letters: Foochow and River Min, 1846-1890

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B7/11
Scope and Contents There are 4,291 principal letters and 8 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:W.R. Adamson & Co.; Adamson, Bell & Co.; Edward Fleet Alford; Walter E. Allum; Alexander Forbes Angus (tea inspector for Jardine, Matheson & Co.); C. Alidel (?); Edward C. Anthony (Captain of the 'Guinevere'); Peter Arthur (Chief Officer, S.S. 'Glenfinlas'); J.R. Ashton; Hugh Wylie Auld (Captain of S.S. 'Melbourne' and S.S. 'Glenlyon').Alexander...
Dates: 1846-1890
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 507 (letters nos 1-318), 508 (319-467), 509 (468-789), 510 (790-1124), 511 (1125-1415), 512 (1416-1685), 513 (1686-1895), 514 (1896-2230), 515 (2231-2406), 516 (2407-2611), 517 (2612-2969), 518 (2970-3276), 519 (3277-3523), 520 (3524-3784), 521 (3785-3917), 522 (3918-4083) and 523 (4084-4291 and S1-8).
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Business letters: Great Britain, 1822-1898

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B6/8
Scope and Contents Letters from places in Great Britain (excluding London), comprised of 8,130 principal letters and 62 secondary letters. The correspondents include the following names:Edwin Morton Abbott; J.W. Abraham; Ponsonby Adair; John Adam; Daniel D. Adamson; Henry Adamson; J.L. Adamson; J.H. Agnew; James Aikin; John Aikin; Thomas Aitken; J. Aikin, Son & Co.; William Aitchison (of Jardine, Matheson & Co.); James Akroyd & Son; James Akroyd & Son Ltd; Albion Shipping Company;...
Dates: 1822-1898
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 249 (letters nos 1-260), 250 (260-436), 251 (437-666), 252 (667-914), 253 (914-1054), 254 (1055-1333), 255 (1334-1526), 256 (1527-1853), 257 (1854-2102), 258 (2103-2331), 259 (2332-2555), 260 (2556-2867), 261 (2868-3122*), 262 (3123-3377), 263 (3378-3704*), 264 (3705-3960), 265 (3961-4145), 266 (4146-4401), 267 (4402-4534), 268 (4534*-4840), 269 (4841-5073), 270 (5074-5345), 271 (5346-5642), 272 (5643-5920), 273 (5921-6166), 274 (6167-6386), 275 (6387-6614), 276 (6615-6922), 277 (6923-7158), 278 (7159-7455), 279 (7456-7708), 280 (7709-7950) and 281 (7949-8130 and S1-62).
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Business letters: Hong Kong, 1833-1905

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B7/15
Scope and Contents There are 14,309 principal letters and 404 supplementary letters, including the following correspondents: Achoo; Achoon; A-chun; Lt George Evatt Acklom, 44th Foot; Edward James Ackroyd, Supreme Ct; Abdolla Devraj; N. Abdoolally; H.E.C. Abendroth; H.H. Abercrombie; Abdollally Ebrahim Co.; A.E. Abraham; Frederick C. Adams; James Adams, 'Equestrian'; William Stanley Adams M.D.; William Adamson; Adamson, Bell & Co.; R.F. Addyman; W.E. Aga; A.L. Agabeg Jnr; Agra & Masterman's Bank Ltd;...
Dates: 1833-1905
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 123 (letters nos 1-312) 124 (313-673), 125 (674-978), 126 (979-1322), 127 (1323-1799), 128 (1800-2053), 129 (2054-2398), 130 (2399-2628), 131 (2630-3089), 132 (3090-3602), 133 (3603-4004), 134 (4005-4589), 135 (4589-4882), 136 (4883-5262*), 137 (5263-5528), 138 (5529-5938), 139 (5939-6303), 140 (6304-7027), 141 (7028-7742), 142 (7743-7996), 143 (7997-8382), 144 (8383-8754), 145 (8756-9259), 146 (9260-9346), 147 (9347-9676), 148 (9677-10079), 149 (10080-10415), 150 (10416-10835), 151 (10836-11373), 152 (11374-12096), 153 (12097-12454), 154 (12455-12779), 155 (12780-13175), 156 (13176-13376), 157 (13377-13728), 158 (13729-14309), 159 (S1-213) and 160 (S214-404). Letters nos 2629 and 8755 has not been microfilmed.
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Business letters: India, 1819-1898

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B6/9
Scope and Contents Letters from India (excluding Bombay, Calcutta and Madras), with some from Ceylon, Persia and Burma. There are 1,595 principal letters and 9 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:Abraham & Co.; Ackland & Boyd; Robert Abercrombie; Peter Adams; Aga Mohamad Jaffer bin Mohamad Ali Saffer; Aga Mohamad Rahim Sapper; J.C. Aguiar; Richard Alexander; Amerchund Dramochande (Amarchande Dramochande); P. Anstruther; T.M. Appavoopillay & Co.; Arbuthnot...
Dates: 1819-1898
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 496 (letters nos 1-447), 497 (448-1000), 498 (1001-1466) and 499 (1467-1595 and S1-9).
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Business letters: London, 1814-1898

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B6/10
Scope and Contents There are 20,751 principal letters and 63 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:Edwin Morton Abbott; R.B. Abbott; Aberdare Patent Steam Fuel Company Ltd; Acclimatisation Society of Great Britain; William Edward Acraman; Acraman & Co.; Acraman, Thorne & Co.; Adam, Skinner & Co.; E.L. Adams; Henry Adams; Alexander Adamson; J.L. Adamson; William Adamson; Adamson & Ronaldson; Henry Unwin Addington; Aders & Hogg; Agie & Insinger,...
Dates: 1814-1898
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 287 (letters nos 1-173), 288 (174-304), 289 (305-413), 290 (414-590), 291 (591-845), 292 (846-1162), 293 (1163-1482), 294 (1483-1738), 295 (1739-1936), 296 (1937-2155), 297 (2156-2458), 298 (2459-2756), 299 (2756-3049), 300 (3050-3336), 301 (3337-3624), 302 (3625-4014), 303 (4015-4410), 304 (4411-4695), 305 (4696-4943), 306 (4944-5153), 307 (5154-5356), 308 (5357-5529), 309 (5530-5700), 310 (5701-5954), 311 (5955-6179), 312 (6180-6370), 313 (6371-6622), 314 (6623-6884), 315 (6885-7230), 316 (7231-7455), 317 (7456-7757), 318 (7759-8016), 319 (8016-8269), 320 (8270-8504), 321 (8505-8736), 322 (8737-9032), 323 (9033-9350), 324 (9350*-9661), 325 (9662-10027), 326 (10028-10408), 327 (10409-10802), 328 (10803-11098), 329 (11099-11424), 330 (11425-11682), 331 (11683-11925), 332 (11925*-12209), 333 (12210-12501), 334 (12502-12817), 335 (12818-13147), 336 (13148-13393), 337 (13394-13636), 338 (13637-13923), 339 (13924-14181), 340 (14182-14395), 341 (14396-14594*), 342 (14595-14797), 343 (14798-15004), 344 (15005-15211), 345 (15212-15437), 346 (15438-15668), 347 (15669-15881), 348 (15882-16078), 349 (16079-16266), 350 (16267-16456), 351 (16457-16672), 352 (16673-16880), 353 (16881-17099), 354 (17100-17321), 355 (17322-17551), 356 (17552-17786), 357 (17787-18030), 358 (18031-18271), 359 (18272-18499), 360 (18501-18761), 361 (18762-18996), 362 (18997-19259), 363 (19260-19514), 364 (19515-19747), 365 (19748-19774), 366 (19975-20208), 367 (20209-20443), 368 (20444-20664), and 369 (20665-20751 and S1-63). Letters nos 7758 and 18500 have not been microfilmed.
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Business letters: Shanghai, 1844-1891

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B7/37
Scope and Contents There are 10,805 principal letters and 15 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:W.R. Adamson; W.R. Adamson & Co.; R.F. Addyman; Agra & United Service Bank Ltd; Chaloner Alabaster; Samuel Alcock; Joseph W. Allen; Thomas Allen; J. Allmand Jnr (of Yokohama); Alexander Anderson (Inspector of Maitland Ewing & Co.'s estate); Captain George Cobham Anderson (Marine Superintendent, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong); John Henry Anderson (Robert Anderson...
Dates: 1844-1891
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 373 (letters nos 1-185), 374 (186-408), 375 (409-638), 376 (639-983), 377 (984-1184), 378 (1185-1363), 379 (1364-1634), 380 (1635-1843), 381 (1844-2096), 382 (2097-2356), 383 (2357-2488), 384 (2489-2656), 385 (2651-2853), 386 (2854-2998), 387 (2999-3145), 388 (3146-3378), 389 (3379-3557), 390 (3558-3725), 391 (3726-3918), 392 (3919-4075), 393 (4076-4197), 394 (4198-4353), 395 (4354-4481), 396 (4482-4647), 397 (4648-4806), 398 (4807-4973), 399 (4974-5139), 400 (5140-5263), 401 (5264-5465), 402 (5466-5680), 403 (5681-5900), 404 (5901-6079), 405 (6080-6251), 406 (6252-6436), 407 (6437-6625), 408 (6626-6831), 409 (6832-7086), 410 (7087-7295), 411 (7296-7446), 412 (7447-7627), 413 (7628-7889), 414 (7890-8153), 415 (8154-8383), 416 (8384-8634), 417 (8635-8890), 418 (8891-9269), 419 (9270-9584), 420 (9585-9868), 421 (9869-10079), 422 (10080-10334), 422* (10335-10559) and 423 (10560-10805 and S1-15).
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Business letters: unplaced, 1813-1900

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B11
Scope and Contents Business letters sent from unknown places, comprised of 5,690 principal letters and 33 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:Abdool; H.H. Abercrombie; Edward James Ackroyd (Register, Supreme Court); A.E. Abraham; Achim; Acow & Co. (Akoe & Co. or Akow & Co.); James Adams (Chief Mate, 'Equestrian'); William Stanley Adams M.D. (of Glasgow); C. Murray Adamson; William Adamson; R.F. Addyman; Aderjee Sapoorjee; Afong; A.L. Agabeg Jnr; A.V. de...
Dates: 1813-1900
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 571 (letters nos 1-440), 572 (441-1141), 573 (1142-1930), 574 (1931-2607), 575 (2608-3172), 576 (3173-3902), 577 (3903-4542), 578 (4543-5197) and 579 (5198-5690 and S1-33).
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Business letters: Yokohama, 1859-1892

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/B10/9
Scope and Contents Letters from Yokohama, including some from Kanagawa. There are 3,661 principal letters and 7 supplementary letters. The correspondents include the following names:H.J. Adair; James Aitchaison (Captain of the 'Mountain Ash'); William Aitchison (of Jardine, Matheson & Co.); Rutherford Alcock; Alsop & Co.; Charles Godfrey Ancel (of H.M.S. 'Scylla' and Assistant Paymaster, Royal Navy); Captain George Cobham Anderson (Marine Superintendent, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong); Robert...
Dates: 1859-1892
Conditions Governing Access: The original letters are not available to readers, but microfilm copies may be ordered in the Manuscripts Reading Room - Reels 437 (letters nos 1-200), 438 (201-479), 439 (480-794), 440 (795-958), 441 (959-1158), 442 (1159-1367), 443 (1368-1598), 444 (1599-1835), 445 (1836-2067), 446 (2068-2256), 447 (2257-2505), 448 (2506-2705), 449 (2706-2942), 450 (2943-3187), 451 (3188-3431) and 452 (3432-3661 and S1-11).
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Correspondence and papers on Chinese railways, circa 1913-circa 1940 (mainly 1930s)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/K47
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous correspondence, with related papers, regarding Chinese railways. Much of the material relates to the British & Chinese Corporation Ltd. Other subjects include the China Consortium, Chinese Central Railways Ltd, Hankow-Canton Railway, Matheson & Co. Ltd, Nanking-Hunan Railway, Shanghai-Nanking Railway, Sse-Tch'ouen Railway, and Syndicat Européen d'Entreprises.The papers begin with extracts and copies of letters regarding the Nanking-Hunan Railway, 1914,...
Dates: circa 1913-circa 1940 (mainly 1930s)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/files/jm_permission_form.pdf. Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers. Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.
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Correspondence with Chabrières, Morel et Cie, 1915-1923

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/K50
Scope and Contents Typescript copies of correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd and Chabrières, Morel et Cie, Marseille, 22 May 1915-10 September 1920, regarding the agreement for the latter company to sell Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd's general products in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. The correspondence is followed by a letter from M.M. Chabrières to David Landale, London, 6 October 1923, and a typescript copy of his reply of 11 October 1923, regarding the...
Dates: 1915-1923
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/files/jm_permission_form.pdf. Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers. Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.
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Diary of Allan B. Stewart, circa 1937

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/L15/8
Scope and Contents A typescript of entries from the diary of Allan B. Stewart (Director of Matheson & Co. Ltd, 1936-1939) for the period 25 November 1936 to 16 February 1937. Most of the entries concern business matters, including Agnat Ltd; the archives of Jardine, Matheson & Co.; an egg conference; Goldrei; the King-Kan Railway; the liquidation of T.C.C.; and the reconstruction of Jardine, Matheson & Co. There are frequent references to the activities of individual members of Matheson & Co....
Dates: circa 1937
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/files/jm_permission_form.pdf. Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers. Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.
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Early telegrams of Jardine Matheson & Co., 1862-1902

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/E1
Scope and Contents Telegrams sent or received mainly by branches of Jardine, Matheson & Co. in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Canton and Yokohama. E1/1-20 are volumes containing the text of telegrams. These include telegrams exchanged by Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong and Shanghai, with correspondents in Hong Kong, Shanghai, London and Calcutta, principally Matheson & Co. and Jardine, Skinner & Co. (E1/1-3); telegrams exchanged by Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, with correspondents in Europe, America, South-east...
Dates: 1862-1902
Conditions Governing Access: Some of the records are unavailable due to their poor physical condition.
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Heads of agreement of Matheson & Co., 1913 (copy of original of 1907)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/F10/11
Scope and Contents

A copy of heads of agreement between Sir Robert William Buchanan Jardine of Castlemilk, Baronet, and William Keswick M.P. and John Matheson Macdonald, both of London, all of Matheson & Co., 7 June 1907, including schedules of the company's balance sheet, current accounts and assets. The copy is dated 1913 on the front.

Dates: 1913 (copy of original of 1907)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/files/jm_permission_form.pdf. Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers. Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.
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Indo-China letters, 1916-1919

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J3
Scope and Contents

Semi-official correspondence between Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd, Hong Kong, and Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, regarding the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, with related papers. The principal correspondents are C.E. Anton, D.G.M. Bernard, John Johnstone, Henry Keswick, David Landale and C.H. Ross.

Dates: 1916-1919
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/files/jm_permission_form.pdf. Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers. Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.
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Letters from Great Britain, circa 1852-1881

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/D2/2/11
Scope and Contents Copies (including press copies) of miscellaneous letters from Great Britain to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, with related documents, including accounts, bills, bills of lading, circulars, insurance policies, invoices, registers of sales, and reports. There are also a few letters from Jersey.The principal correspondent is Matheson & Co., London. The other correspondents include the Albion Shipping Co.; Alexander Anderson; Anderson, Thomson & Co.; John Thomas Batt; Brown &...
Dates: circa 1852-1881
Conditions Governing Access: A few badly-damaged letters have been stored separately and are not available to readers.
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Letters from Matheson & Co., Jan. 1879-Dec. 1879

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/D3/3/2
Scope and Contents

Press copies of letters nos 1-61 from Matheson & Co., London, to Jardine Matheson, Shanghai.

Dates: Jan. 1879-Dec. 1879
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/files/jm_permission_form.pdf. Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers. Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.
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Letters re piece goods, 1868-1883

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/C12
Scope and Contents

Fair copies of letters from Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, to Matheson & Co., London, regarding piece goods.

Dates: 1868-1883
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/files/jm_permission_form.pdf. Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers. Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.
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