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Semi-official correspondence between London and Hong Kong & Shanghai, 1908-1935

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/2

Scope and Contents

Semi-official correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, and Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong and Shanghai, with enclosed letters, telegrams, memoranda, reports and printed items. The main part of the series is a numbered sequence of letters from London to either Hong Kong or Shanghai running until 1935, when the Hong Kong and Shanghai letters were divided into separate series (J1/3 and J1/4). Some of the later volumes also contain letters from Hong Kong and Shanghai to London. The letters from London to Hong Kong are originals; the other letters are copies. The correspondents are C.E. Anton, B.D.F. Beith, D.G.M. Bernard, W.J. Gresson, John Johnstone, Henry Keswick, William Keswick, W.J. Keswick, David Landale, L.N. Leefe, J.J. Paterson, C.H. Ross, A. Brooke Smith and A.B. Stewart.


  • Creation: 1908-1935


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.


35 volume(s) (35 volumes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, June 1990.

Related Materials

This series continues as separate numbered series of letters from London to Hong Kong (J1/3) and Shanghai (J1/4).


Former reference: J4/1-24, J9/1-4, J25/1-4

Repository Details

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