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Semi-official correspondence between Hong Kong and Kunming and Rangoon, 4 Jan. 1941-3 Dec. 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/20

Scope and Contents

Semi-official correspondence between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Jardine Matheson, Kunming and Rangoon, with enclosed letters and papers:

1. Copies of semi-official letters nos 1-61 from J.J. Paterson, Hong Kong to G.P. Charlton, Rangoon, 26 July-3 December 1941.

2. Original semi-official letters nos 1-43 from G.P. Charlton, Rangoon, to J.J. Paterson, Hong Kong, 29 July-2 December 1941.

3. Copies of semi-official letters nos 97-139 from J.J. Paterson, Hong Kong, to A. Urquhart, Kunming, 11 January-3 December 1941.

4. Original semi-official letters nos 66-84 from A. Urquhart, Kunming, to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, 4 January-6 November 1941.

There is no index, but the correspondence includes the following subjects (among others):

Correspondence with Rangoon: Arnhold Trading Co.; bristles; British loan to China; Burma Road; E. Sun Trading Co.; Fu Hwa; W. Petro; freight space; Hwa Nan Silk Co.; Jardine, Matheson & Co. (Burma) Ltd; office accommodation; silk; Chungking silk; Embassy silk; Government silk; waste silk; yellow silk; silk weights; staff; Steel Brothers & Co. Ltd; transport; trucks of T.C. Pan (Shanghai Compradore); truck insurance; wood oil.

Correspondence with Kunming: Anglo-China Trading Corporation; Arnhold Trading Co.; bristles; Burma Road; Central Trust; China Syndicate; Dodge motor cars; Eardley Express Service; Ewo Mills; exports; freight space; Haiphong; High Cost of Living Allowance; imports; insurance; Jardine, Matheson & Co. (Burma) Ltd; Liddel Bros; W. Petro; political situation; sheetings; silk; Yunnan silk; Stabilisation Board; staff; Steel Brothers & Co.; transportation; trucks; Z.Z. Tsang (staff).


  • Creation: 4 Jan. 1941-3 Dec. 1941


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.


1 volume(s) (1 volume)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

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


Former reference: J40

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