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Private and semi-official letters from London, 1887-1938

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/1

Scope and Contents

Copies of private and semi-official letters from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong and Shanghai, with enclosed letters, telegrams and other papers. The volumes are numbered 1 to 20 (4 is missing), and are labelled 'China' on the spine (with the exception of the last volume). The later volumes include indexes. The correspondents include C.E. Anton, R.M. Austin, B.D.F. Beith, J.J. Bell-Irving, John Bell-Irving, D.G.M. Bernard, C.W. Dickson, W.J. Gresson, John Johnstone, Henry Keswick, J.J. Keswick, William Keswick, David Landale, L.N. Leefe, J.J. Paterson, C.H. Ross, A. Brooke Smith and W.B. Walter.


  • Creation: 1887-1938


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.

Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.


19 volume(s) (19 volumes)

Language of Materials



The company's letters entitled private letters were renamed semi-official letters during the period covered by this series, although the labelling of the volumes in J1/1 does not reflect this change.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

J1/1/1-12 were part of the original accessions to the Archive. J1/1/13-19 were received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, October 2010.

Related Materials

Earlier private letters can be found in Series B and C.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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