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Semi-official letters from Hong Kong to London, 14 Jan. 1919-30 June 1920

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/8/8

Scope and Contents

Semi-official letters nos 289-352 from D.G.M. Bernard, John Johnstone and David Landale to Henry Keswick, David Landale and C.H. Ross, with related letters and papers.

There is an index at the beginning of the ring-binder containing the following entries:

A: Mr Aucott (staff); Aeroplanes and Seaplanes; Accounts - Matheson & Co. Ltd; Accountants; American Business; Aveyard's Memorandum re Lima Locomotives; Annual Accounts; Articles of Association - Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd; Articles of Association - Public Companies; Closing of Accounts; Anglo-Chinese Trade Corporation; Accounts - Past and Present Partners; Jean Audinet & Co.; Annual Meeting - Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd; T.A. Aiers (Staff); Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd; Produce Accounts; Alliance Marine Commission on Premiums; Mr Austin (Staff), Piece Goods Assistant; Anglo-Chinese Trust & Mercantile Corporation; Staff Agreements.

B: Colonel Andrew Bell-Irving; Butterfield & Swire; Mr Bradden; British & American Tobacco Co.; Bangkok Line; British India Steam Navigation Co.; J.J. Bell-Irving's Daughter's Bank Shares; Browne, Rosenheim & Co.; British & Chinese Corporation; Beraow (Coal); Mr Bugbird (Staff); B.D.F. Beith (Staff); Bonuses to Staff; Bonuses to Staff Returned from War Service; Bristles; Mr Buncombe (Canton Insurance Office); Bernard's Report on New York Office, etc.; John Bell-Irving; J.J. Bell-Irving; Brockhurst; J.J. Bell-Irving Trust; J. Bell-Irving Jnr; Captain Bell-Syer; G.H. Bowker; Blackwood Frame; W. Brand; Mr Barraclough (Staff); B.C. Lot 1963; B.C. Lot 422B; Bentley's Code; Brackenridge, Piece Goods Assistant; B.C. Lots 161, 162 and 681, Pootung; Ken Brand; Bishop of Hong Kong; Beith, Stevenson & Co. Ltd; B.C. Lot 7100; B.C. Lot 614.

C: Chinese Engineering & Mining Co.; Mr Chatham (Staff); Chabrières, Morel et Cie; City Hall; Sir Paul Chater; China Produce - Italian Business; Chesnutt, Cooper & Co.; Cotton Mills Amalgamation; Mr Carel Zeveryn; Cookson & Co.; China Sugar Refinery; Mr Cousins Jnr; Canton Insurance Office; Commission on Liner Charter Hire; Chinese British Industries Corporation; Correspondence to be Directed to Mr Ross in Future; Mr Cadman (Staff); Mr Camera (Staff); Waste Cotton; Canton-Kowloon Railway; Canton Godowns; China Association; Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai; Continentale Produkten-Gesellschaft; China Produce; Mr Chicken; A.E. Cooper; Mr and Mrs W.A. Cruickshank; Cinematograph Propaganda; Correspondence; Mr Coxon (Staff).

D: Mr Davidson (Staff); Dowler, Forbes & Co.; A. Derby (Staff); Mr Davey (Staff); Dividends; Mr Dunlop (Staff); Dr Dickson Trust; Dudley Docker; Durant, Bevan & Co.; Dodwells Hankow Property; E.J. Dunstan; W.S. Dupree.

E: Mr Esdale; H.G. Elliot; Engineering; Engineering Staff; Ellerman & Bucknall Line; Ewo Terrace Property, Shanghai; Exports; Exchequer Bonds; Mr Evemay (Staff); Ewo & Kung Yik Mills; Ewo Stables; Ewo Cotton Spinning & Weaving Co.; Mr Eastman (Staff); Exchange Settlements; New York Exchange; Egg Products, Factory, etc.; Egg Products in London; Ewo Yuen Press Packing Co.; Exchange - Canton Silk to New York; Average Exchange Quotations; French Exchange; English Electric Co. Ltd Agency; London/Java Exchange.

F: J.M. Forbes (Staff); Mr Faers (Staff); G.P. Forster (Staff); Funds; Foochow; French Exchange and Finance; Fives Court Property; Funds in London.

G: Messrs Gregory (Strawbraid); Glen & Shire Line; 'General'; Mr Gregory (Staff); Mr Gandossi (Staff); W.J. Gresson; Ch. Goldrei, Foucard & Son; Mr Gotch Jnr (Staff); Mr Gotch Senr (Staff); Mr Gompertz (Silk Staff); H.H. Gompertz; Mr Gilbert (Silk Department); Guarantee Fund; Garden Lot No. 3.

H: New Hong; Shanghai; Horace Hickling & Co.; Hong Kong Cathedral; Harrison & Crossfield; Mr Hamilton (late Shewan, Tomes & Co.); J. Hooper; Mr Hall; Hankow Property; Hankow Land Investment Co.; Hongkong Fire Insurance Co.; Mr Henderson (Staff); Hong Kong Tramway; Mr Harling (Staff); H.S. Hills; Mr Hession; Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation; H.A.L. Wharf at Canton; Handley Page Co.; Hongkong Exchange Broker.

I/J: Indo-China Steam Navigation Co.; Mr Inglis (Staff); Insurance on Woollens and Cottons; Italian Business (Chabrières, Morel et Cie); John Johnstone (Handing over by David Landale); Japanese Shipping Co. Earnings; Jardine, Skinner & Co.; Sir Robert Jardine's Property; Ichang and Chungking Steamer; John Johnstone Movements; Insurance Assistants; R.J. Jarno (Staff); W.D. Jamie; Japan Silk Finance (Chabrières, Morel et Cie); Sir R.W.B. Jardine Crest; Sir R.W.B. Jardine Securities; Japanese Funds; Java - London/Java Exchange; Mr Jenkinson (Staff).

K: Kwangtung Coal; Kwantung Coal - Ede and Cassel Concession; Mr Kidd (Staff); Kobe Charters; Kung Yik Cotton Spinning & Weaving Co.; Kiukiang - Hong and Office; Major Henry Keswick.

L: Lo Cheung Shin; Land Investment Co. (Peak Houses); Mr Lintilhac; L.N. Leefe (Staff); David Landale; Mr Lambert; Liner Requisition Commission; G. Layton (Staff); Lo Cheung Shui; Mr Longmire; F.P. Lachlan; Loxley & Co.; Mr Laidlaw (Staff); V.H. Lanning; Picture by Colonel Loring.

M: Mackinnon, Mackenzie & Co.; Mr Morrison (Tea); M.B.K. Japan; A. Murdoch (Staff); Minutes of Firm's Ordinary Meeting; Professor Middleton Smith; Estate of A.P. MacEwen; D. McMurray; Mr Marshall (Tea); W.J. Milne; Matheson & Co. Ltd; Mr Macdonald (Staff); the late Sir James Matheson; Markets, etc., 'General'; Sir James Matheson; the late A.V. Maunder; Malagins Land; A. Morfey; Mackay's Report (Share Values).

N: New York Business; Newchwang Property; New York Branch, Staff, etc.; New York Accounts; Nippon Yusen Kaisha; New York Exchange; New York Taxation; Mr Newbigging (Staff); N.I.D., Shanghai; Ningpo Property; New York Office - Mr Bernard's Memorandum; New York Office Accounts - Mr A.B. Stewart's Memorandum.

O: Ober; Oriental Telephone Co.

P: Peak Houses; Estate of William Paterson; Property; Powers of Attorney; Mr Parr; Per Procuration for Mr Paterson; J.J. Paterson (Staff); R.J. Paterson; Private Office Arrangements - Hong Kong; Provident Scheme; Piece Goods Assistant; Produce Accounts; Private Letter from John Johnstone No. 104A on Shanghai File; Private Letter - Annual Accounts; Pootung; Mr Parker Ness (Oriental Telephone Co.); Peking Bungalow; Probst, Hanbury & Co. Ltd; E.C. Peters.

R: Reserve Account rust; W.W.G. Ross; Andrew Ross; Estate of C.H. Ross; W.O.B. Rigden; Mrs C.H. Ross Trust.

S: Staff; Strike of Chinese Labourers; Mr Sibley (Staff); Mr Sellick (Staff); Shipping Control - Local Sub-Committee; Mr Sutherland (Staff); Shipping Commission; Steamboat Company; Mr Simpson (Hicklings); Sterling Deposits in Hongkong Bank, Hong Kong; Mr Sheppard (Staff); Assistant Silk Inspector; Strawbraid; Silk Finance; H.J. Stephens; Seaplanes; Mr Stewart (Staff); Mr Seward (Staff); Silk Room, Shanghai; Silk Room, Canton; Shanghai & Hongkew Wharf Co.; Shares in Firm; Shimonoseki Property; Sino British Industrial Corporation; Staff Salaries on Engagement; Mr Salinger (Bristles, Chesnutt, Cooper & Co.); Shares Values; Price of Silver; Shanghai - New Hong; Silk - Generally; Rev. Symons - Sons' Bonus; Siemens Bros & Co.; Sugar; Shire & Glen Lines; Shanghai Property; J.G. Simmons (Staff); Statue to Sir Henry May; J.K. Shaw (Insurance Assistant); Leo Smith; Share Sales Account - Old Partners; Shanghai Private Office; Ship Building; Sir Reginald Stubs; Silk - Japan; Lieutenant Colonel Smallwood; A.E. Smith (Staff); Saghalien Oil Syndicate; A. Sinclair; Shanghai New Office; Shizuoka Tea; Shanghai Silk Room; New Calcutta Steamer; Sturgess Egg Product - Factory; H.F. Scudamore; Swatow; Staff Bonus; Shanghai Country Residence.

T: Tunkadoo Wharf; Tea; Tiedeman & Van Kerchem; Tsingtao; Telegrams; Mr Tibbey; Tientsin; Taipei; Takao Property; Mr Tod (Staff); Tientsin Property; Telegraphic Address.

U: U.S. Shipping Board.

V: Maurice Viel; Vickers Ltd [Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd].

W: W. Ward (Staff); Woosnam's Property; War Memorial; Wolfram Ore; Wuchang; West Point Building Co.; War Bonus; Wanchai Property; Waste Silk Inspector; Mr Warrener (Staff); Walter Fiddes-Wilson.

Y: Yangtsze Trade; Yangtszepoo Cotton Mill - Shares, etc.; Yokohama; Yokohama Property; Yokohama Remittances.

Z: Carel Zeveryn.


  • Creation: 14 Jan. 1919-30 June 1920


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1 file(s) (1 ring-binder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 23 October 2012.

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