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Semi-official letters from Canton, Foochow, Swatow and Taipei to Hong Kong, 2 Jan. 1926-30 Dec. 1926

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/11/9

Scope and Contents

Semi-official letters from Jardine Matheson, Canton, Foochow, Swatow and Taipei, to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, with enclosed letters and papers:

1. Semi-official letters nos 1-87 from William Galloway, Canton, to D.G.M. Bernard, Hong Kong, 2 January-30 December 1926. Nos 1-3 have been numbered in pencil.

2 Unnumbered semi-official letters from H.E. Hollands, Foochow, to R.M. Austin and D.G.M. Bernard, Hong Kong, 6 January-18 August 1926, and nos 4-11, 11-16 and 16-22 from James Helbling and H.E. Hollands to D.G.M. Bernard, 18 January-15 December 1926. There are two letters numbered 11 and two letters numbered 16. Some of the letters have been numbered by hand.

3. Semi-official letters nos 1-19 from J.P.B. Eastwood, W.H.T. King and A.M. Scott-Morris, Swatow, to D.G.M. Bernard, Hong Kong, 11 January-29 October 1926. There are also property letters nos P.1-25 from J.P.B. Eastwood and W.H.T. King, Swatow, to D.G.M. Bernard, Hong Kong, 23 January-14 December 1926. Some of the letters have been numbered by hand. Letter no. P.5, 9 March 1926, encloses four photographs depicting the new reclamation in front of the properties of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd and Bradley & Co. Ltd in Swatow.

4. Semi-official letters nos 1-16 from H. Lachlan, Taipei, to D.G.M. Bernard, Hong Kong, 13 January-31 December 1926.

There is an index at the beginning of the volume containing the following entries:


Canton - J.M. d'Almeida; Accounts.

Foochow - Annual Accounts; Report on Annual Accounts.

Swatow - Accounts; Accounts - Douglas Steamers; Accounts - House November Cash; Annual Accounts.

Taipei - Australian-Oriental Line.


Canton - F.X. Botelho; Anti-Japanese Boycott; Boycott; Book-keeper for Canton; Cover for British Chamber of Commerce; British Chamber of Commerce - Note on Interview with H.H. Fox.

Foochow - William Brand; Bank of China.

Taipei - Blue Funnel Line.


Canton - Canton Gazette; 'Cheonshing'.

Foochow - Chang Yu Kam.

Swatow - Correspondence; Telegram re Child Insurance (J.P.B. Eastwood).


Canton - G. Duncan; Durant, Bevan & Co.

Foochow - Douglas Co.


Canton - Exchange; Ewo Filature, Shanghai; M.B. 'Ewo'; Exchange (New York).

Foochow - J.P.B. Eastwood.

Swatow - J.B.P. Eastwood (Short Leave); Private Letter from J.P.B. Eastwood re Accounts.


Canton - Finance - Cashing of Drafts at Canton; H.H. Fox.

Swatow - Fire Originated in Squatter's Huts.


Canton - Ernst R. Gruber (Hamburg); A. Gandossi; W. Galloway; W. Galloway - Short Leave for Trip Up River; A. Gandossi - Italian Vice Consul; W. Galloway - Short Leave for Trip to Manila.

Foochow - F.A. Gomes.


Canton - Home Leave - W. Galloway; Harbour Improvement Scheme.

Foochow - H.E. Hollands (Passages for Wife & Child); J. Helbling; H.E. Hollands; Helbling's Report on Trip Home, etc.

Taipei - Salt Herrings.


Foochow - Imports.

Taipei - Importation of Salt Herrings.

J: Jamie's Visit to Swatow to Attend to Accounts.


Canton - 'Kwongsang'.

Swatow - W.H.T. King.


Swatow - A.E.B. Lamble.

Taipei - H. Lachlan - Visit to New York.


Canton - Motor Sampan; E.A. Mackay; Manifest.

Swatow - J.M. Macleod; E.L. McDougall.

Taipei - McMeekin & Co.


Canton - Political; Political - Memo. of Interviews; Piano for Canton Agency; Political - Canton Incident of 23/6/25; Political - Notice from the Canton & Hong Kong Strikers Unions Committee; Property - Canton Wharf; Property - New Godowns; Property - Swatow Reclamation; Property - Piracy.

Foochow - Political.

Swatow - Political; Property - Extracts from Regulations of the Bund Construction Bureau, Swatow; Office Premises Lot S.22; Copy of Deed Issued for 1919 Reclamation Purchase; China Sugar Refinery Property; Kakchioh; New Godowns; Foreshore Property, Foreshore Property Plan.

Taipei - Takao.


Canton - H. Riggenbach; Report - Canton Agency (30/4/27).

Swatow - Russians, Employment.


Canton - Silk; Silk - Extract from Manila Tribune; Native Consignments; Silk to London; Stocks; Calculations; Statement Showing Purchases & Sales in Lyons from 7/5/25 to 8/4/26; Statement Showing Purchase & Sales in New York from 1/5/25 to 8/4/26; Finance; Exchange; New Surtaxes.

Foochow - Shipping; Sugar - Letter from H.E. Hollands re Forward Sales; C. Skerrett-Rodgers.

Swatow - General Strike; A.M. Scott-Morris; H.J.V.K. Stevenson; Russian Servants.

Taipei - Strike of Tea Packers.


Foochow - Tea.

Taipei - Tea - Suggestion in Regard to Present Way of Inspecting Oolong Tea; Tea Reports.


Canton - W. Watson & Sons, Hawick.

Foochow - Wood.

Swatow - Wang Shing.


  • Creation: 2 Jan. 1926-30 Dec. 1926


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