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Correspondence re Jardine property approvals, 4 Apr. 1917-4 Apr. 1944

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/I21/2/4/18

Scope and Contents

Correspondence between B.D.F. Beith, D.G.M. Bernard, David Landale and C.H. Ross, Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, and Sir J.W.B. Jardine and Sir R.W.B. Jardine, Lockerbie, London and elsewhere, regarding the company seeking approval to carry out actions with respect to the Jardine property in the Far East. There are also related letters, including some correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd and other correspondents.

The file contains many related papers, including a pencil sketch showing B.C. Lots 4, 21 and 22 and the surrounding properties in Hankow, enclosed with a letter from Matheson & Co. Ltd to Sir R.W.B. Jardine, 3 July 1918, regarding a plan to build new godowns on these lots; a plan of Lots Nos 39 and 57 and the surrounding properties of a portion of Sir R.W.B. Jardine's Hankow property, enclosed with a memorandum by David Landale of 4 May 1920; and a statement of the deferred ordinary shareholders of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd for 1935-1936 and the proposed allocation of shares for 1936-1937, enclosed with a letter from D.G.M. Bernard to Sir J.W.B. Jardine, 3 April 1936.

There is also a set of enclosures to a letter from C.H. Ross to Sir R.W.B. Jardine of 1 August 1917, regarding a plan for the rebuilding of two of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd's godowns at Lot No. 15, Victoria Road, Tientsin: ground floor and first floor plans of the new godowns; approximate estimates of the new godowns by Cook & Anderson, architects and surveyors, 4 April 1917; and a letter from Henry Keswick, Dumfries, to C.H. Ross approving the scheme, 7 June 1917.

Loose inside the ring-binder is further correspondence between B.D.F. Beith and D.G.M. Bernard, Matheson & Co. Ltd, and Sir J.W.B. Jardine, Arbroath, Lockerbie and Windsor, regarding approvals, 7 April 1938-4 April 1944.

The ring-binder includes an index to thirty letters and other papers found in the file, which have been numbered in pencil. The entries are as follows:

1. 1 August 1917 re Tientsin - Lot 15.

2. 11 September 1917 re Shanghai - B.C. Lots 245 and 1094.

3. 12 October 1917 re Shanghai - Consular Lot 80 G.

4. 23 February 1918 re Hong Kong - I.L. 84 - Morrison Hill.

5. 26 February 1918 re Yokohama - Lot 23.

6. 7 May 1918 re Shanghai - Lot 1010A.

7. 6 July 1918 re Hankow - Lot 21.

8. 25 July 1919 re Shanghai - Lot B.C. 597.

9. 14 September 1919 re Takao - sale of property.

10. 30 October 1919 re Yokohama - Lots 231, 239, 261 and 262.

11. 30 October 1919 re Kiukiang - Consular Lot 29.

12. 21 January 1920 re Newchwang - Lot 4.

13. 16 April 1920 re Hankow - Lot 62 and Tientsin - new offices - Lot 15.

14. 4 May 1920 re Hankow - Lots 39 and 57.

15. 7 July 1920 re Shanghai - engineering staff and accommodation.

16. 18 May 1920 re Shanghai - B.C. Lot 7100 and 614.

17. 15 May 1920 re Shanghai - B.C. Lot 7100.

18. 7 August 1920 re Hong Kong - Lot 1464 and Garden Lot 3.

19. 19 August 1920 re Shanghai - Ewo Terrace.

20. 30 September 1920 re Ningpo - sale.

21. 26 January 1921 re Shanghai - B.C. Lot 422B.

22. 29 June 1922 re Amoy - sale. This document encloses a plan (loose in the file) of Sir R.W.B. Jardine's property at Amoy, with a section proposed for sale marked in red.

23. June/July 1923 re Hong Kong - East Point Hill Lots 1451 and 1452.

24. 25 September 1924 re Hong Kong - commission on sales of East Point and I.L. 1407/8.

25. 25 September 1924 re Shanghai - Cadastral Lot 19.

26. 26 February 1925 re Shanghai - Cadastral Lot 19.

27. 2 August 1926 re Amoy - repairs. This document encloses a photograph of damage to the Main Wall East of the property at Amoy occupied by Douglas Lapraik and B.A.T.

28. 20 January 1929 re Estate - fee for work done in the East obtaining probate on account of the late Sir R.W.B. Jardine.

29. 20 January 1929 re Shanghai - claim by Stewardson, Spence & Watson for services rendered in relation to sale of Ewo Terrace; General - commission on recent property sales; and Estate of the late Sir R.W.B. Jardine - remuneration for services.

30. 20 January 1929 re Yokohama - Lots 21 and 23 - book values.

Some of the documents in the file have been marked as approved by Sir J.W.B. Jardine or Sir R.W.B. Jardine. The ring-binder is labelled 'Sir John Jardine's Property. "Approvals" from Sir Robert and Sir John Jardine, Bart'.


  • Creation: 4 Apr. 1917-4 Apr. 1944


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.


1 file(s) (1 ring-binder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The file was originally part of the Chairman's private historical papers held in Matheson & Co. Ltd's strongroom, which were among the original accessions of Jardine Matheson papers to the archive. It was assigned originally to Series K (Miscellaneous correspondence), but following the accession of new papers of Matheson & Co. Ltd it has been added to the other subject files in I21/2.


Former reference: K51

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