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Out-correspondence, 1800-1913 (with some photocopies made in c. 1983)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/C

Scope and Contents

This series contains volumes of fair and press copies of the out-correspondence of Jardine, Matheson & Co. and related companies, including its precursors. The series is comprised of three principal parts:

1. Letters sent from Jardine Matheson's various offices in the Far East (C8-37, C41-57). These include large sets of letters from Hong Kong (C8, C9, C12, C15-34, C37) and Shanghai (C41-53), sent to specific places or concerning particular companies or matters of business.

2. Letters sent by individual members and agents of Jardine Matheson (C1, C3-7, C38-40 and C60).

3. Letters sent by companies connected to Jardine Matheson: Yrisarri & Co. (C2), Augustine Heard & Co. (C58), and Thomas Hunt & Co. (C59).

The first two parts include some correspondence designated 'private letters', which was exchanged between partners of the firm on matters of business.


  • Creation: 1800-1913 (with some photocopies made in c. 1983)


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.


531 volume(s) (531 volumes)

1 envelope(s) (1 envelope)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A listing of the series can be found in the Outline Catalogue, available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Materials

The series that began as private letters was later renamed semi-official letters. These letters can be found in Series J1.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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