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Papers from Hong Kong, 1850-1859

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/A8/131/1/3

Scope and Contents

Many of the documents are concerned with shipping, including memoranda of shipments of goods and delivery notes for goods taken on board ship. There is some correspondence, including a letter from Lyall, Still & Co., agents for the barque 'Marion MacIntyre' to the underwriters and shippers interested in its cargo (which include Jardine, Matheson & Co.), 25 November 1852, informing them that, following the return of the vessel in a disabled state, a considerable portion of its cargo will shortly be sold by auction, and requesting the recipients to communicate any objections they may have to the course purposed; and three letters from H.F. Edwards to F.A. Rangel regarding the sale of California gold coin, 1853-1854, including a memorandum of the net proceeds of the sale of this coin from the 'Moselle' and the sum credited to Jardine, Matheson & Co. in consequence. Other items include a description of the deserters David Dillan, Benjamin Nickles and Risden H. Bishop from the American whale ship 'Ocean', commanded by Edward A. Swift, 11 February 1852; a copy of the inscription on the monument to William Morrison, Colonial Surgeon, who died on 13 October 1853; copies of documents regarding the case of Hermann Schaeffer v Jardine, Matheson & Co., agents of the Alliance Life and Fire Assurance Office, in the Supreme Court of Hong Kong, concerning a dispute over a policy, 1854-1859; a draft of a declaration of trust of leasehold premises in Victoria granted by Samuel Majoribanks of New South Wales to Kenneth McKenzie Kennedy of Scotland, December 1855; and a table of crewmen of the 'Witch of the Seas', including their dates of entry, station, dates of discharge and wages, 1859.


  • Creation: 1850-1859


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson and 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

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 is generally available to documents dated up to 1969. Access to some earlier records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.


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