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Correspondence re tea, 1936-1937

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/I21/2/6/16

Scope and Contents

Correspondence of J.H. Keswick, Matheson & Co. Ltd, regarding tea, 11 June-28 September 1936. The principal correspondents are Dr W.C. Chen, Councillor to the Chinese Embassy, London; W.S. King, Harrisons & Crosfield Ltd, London; Philip S. Witham, Charles Hope & Son, London; and Young Yu, Chinese Bureau of Agriculture, London. There are also many related papers, including a memorandum on the Keemun Tea Crisis; a 'Statement of American Tea Business 1935-6' by Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York, 10 July 1936; a memorandum on tea by W.S. King, enclosed with a letter to Keswick of 15 July 1936; tables relating to annual exports of tea from producing countries and tea consumption in the U.K.; a memorandum on China teas by Keswick, enclosed with a letter to Dr Quo Tai Chi, Chinese Ambassador, London, 7 September 1936; and a memorandum by W.S. King on China Black Tea, enclosed with a letter to Keswick of 8 September 1936.

Loose inside the file is a sheet containing manuscript tables of the annual exports of tea from producing countries for 1912-1935, the percentage of exports supplied by each country during these years, the consumption of Ceylon and Java tea and of China tea in the U.K. for 1923-1935, exports from producing countries to the U.S.A. for 1923-1934 (marked 'cancelled'), exports of Japan black tea to the U.S.A. and Canada for 1933/4 to 1935/6 (marked 'cancelled'), and exports from producing countries to the U.S.A. and Canada for 1924-1935; a 'Table showing Imports, Total Deliveries, Stock, Average Months' Supply and Duty for all Descriptions of Tea in the United Kingdom for the past 37 Calendar Years' by Lloyd, Matheson & Carritt, London, covering the years 1899-1935; a booklet of 'Tea Statistics, 1936' by Lloyd, Matheson & Carritt; and two cuttings on the Tea Restriction Export Quota, 1937.

The ring-binder is labelled 'Tea (Correspondence by J.H. Keswick)'.


  • Creation: 1936-1937


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

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, October 2010.


Repository Details

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