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Correspondence of B.D.F. Beith and W.J. Keswick, 28 Apr. 1942-20 Apr. 1943

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/I21/5/19

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous correspondence of B.D.F. Beith, Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, and W.J. Keswick, 22 Sussex Place, London, with each other and with a wide range of other correspondents, regarding Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd. The correspondence is comprised of originals and copies of letters, including handwritten letters to Beith and Keswick. The correspondents include D.G.M. Bernard, Bank of England; E.M. Gull, China Association, London; J.F. Owen, Matheson & Co. Ltd; Reuters Ltd, London; J.St.C. Smart; and E.J. Traynor, Southsea.

There are also many related papers, including a 11-page memorandum entitled 'Probable Position of British Commerce in Post War China', 1 September 1942, and a long account by David Bosanquet (of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd) of his time in Hong Kong during the Japanese military offensive, December 1941-April 1942.

The ring-binder is labelled 'Re Jardine, Matheson & Co., Ltd. General (Correspondence by B.D.F. Beith and W.J. Keswick.)'.


  • Creation: 28 Apr. 1942-20 Apr. 1943


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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.

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1 file(s) (1 ring-binder)

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