Papers from Hong Kong, 1839-1900
Scope and Contents
Miscellaneous business records, mainly regarding shipping and the supply of various goods, including silk and opium. Most of the documents are from Hong Kong and Whampoa, but there are also papers from other parts of China and from the rest of the world. The majority of the documents are in English, but there are some in other languages, including Chinese. Many of the papers lack a date or place, but in some cases this information has been deduced from the other items. The documents include memoranda of shipments of goods; stock and sales accounts; delivery notes; indents (orders) for stores for ships; bills and receipts for goods; correspondence, including memoranda from a wide range of companies to Jardine, Matheson & Co. and others; lists and values of goods in stores; papers regarding auctions; memoranda of salaries and expenses, including for crewmen; and material regarding rents, property and rates in Hong Kong. Many of the documents date from the 1850s and relate to the ordering and delivery of goods and supplies with regard to Thomas Hunt & Co., Whampoa.
Conditions Governing Access
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.
19 bundle(s) (19 bundles)
Language of Materials