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Powers of attorney, 1813-1962

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/F17

Scope and Contents

Powers of attorney to collect debts, manage and sell ships, and perform a range of other tasks. There are also several deeds of substitution, transferring the authority of a power of attorney to a third party. Some of the documents were made by individuals who required an attorney to manage their affairs while they were absent from the Far East.


  • Creation: 1813-1962


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.


2 archive box(es) (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

F17/196-206 were formerly the property of Jardine Matheson, Shanghai. On the closure of the Shanghai office in the 1950s, the documents were stored at the British Consulate, Shanghai, in 'Box No. 6', regarding 'Shares & Deeds'. They were transferred to the Archive from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 14 December 2012.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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