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Correspondence re tea (Africa, Ceylon, India, Java and Turkey), 22 Oct. 1948-14 Feb. 1968

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/I21/4/3/30

Scope and Contents

Copies of correspondence of Matheson & Co. Ltd and Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd and related papers regarding the firms' tea business in North and East Africa, Ceylon, India, Java and Turkey. The file is divided into six labelled sections:

1. Tea - Tangier [North Africa]: copies of correspondence (including telegrams) between Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, and Jardine Matheson, Tokyo; correspondence of Matheson & Co. Ltd and Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, with other correspondents, including Gordon, Woodthorpe & Co. Ltd, London; and related letters and papers, 12 January 1950-30 January 1957.

The material includes reports on visit to North Africa by representatives of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd to study the local tea business, including the following papers:

a) A report on S.R. Hawke's visit to North Africa, dated 10 November 1951.

b) A report by R. Shoppee on a visit to Casablanca and Algiers of 9-17 September 1952, dated 22 September 1952, with accompanying letters from Shoppee to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong and Yokohama, 12-21 September 1952, reporting on his trip.

c) Reports on C.B. Campbell's visit to Casablanca and Algiers of 10-23 May 1953, by Campbell, 10 June 1953, and Samuel and Maurice Toledano of Tangier, May 1953.

d) A report by R.O.S. Milde on his visit to Casablanca, dated 20 October 1954.

The subjects covered include the importation of China and Japan tea to North Africa; Chabrières et Cie; Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd's tea joint accounts with Gordon, Woodthorpe & Co. Ltd and Robert Anderson & Co.; and tea visits to North Africa. There is also some material about the importation of China tea to Eastern Europe.

2. East Africa: a small set of correspondence and related papers, 28 September 1949-11 December 1951, including correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd and J.J. Paterson, Kenya (reporting on the tea in the country), and Thomas, Cumberlege & Inskipp, London, and press cuttings.

3. Java Tea: a small set of correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd and Bosanquet & Skrine Ltd, Colombo, Alfred Holt & Co., Liverpool, and others, 8 August 1949-18 January 1954.

4. Ceylon Tea: correspondence (including telegrams and extracts of letters) between Matheson & Co. Ltd and Bosanquet & Skrine Ltd, Colombo, Bracht & Co. S.A., Antwerp, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, J. van Duin, Rotterdam, and others, and related papers, 22 October 1948-5 April 1957.

5. Indian Tea: a note reading 'See Jardine Henderson (M. & Co.'s Calcutta Branch.) file'.

6. Turkey: a small set of correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd and Hälssen & Lyon, Hamburg, Huth Produce Sales (Overseas Ltd), London, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and the National Provincial Bank Ltd, London, 31 May 1949-14 February 1968.

The ring-binder is labelled 'Tea - North Africa (Tangier), Turkey, Ceylon, India Java File I'.


  • 22 Oct. 1948-14 Feb. 1968

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & 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 to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.


1 folder(s) (1 folder)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition, but the original binding was damaged and has been replaced with treasury tags.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 15 September 2015.


Repository Details

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