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Semi-official letters from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 1911-1941

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/24

Scope and Contents

Original semi-official letters from Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, with enclosed letters and papers. The later volumes include copies of semi-official letters from Hong Kong to Shanghai, 1930-1934, and two volumes of duplicate letters (J1/24/27 and J1/24/29).

The correspondents are C.E. Anton, R.M. Austin, B.D.F. Beith, John Bell-Irving, D.G.M. Bernard, R.E. Coxon, T.S. Forrest, R. Gordon, John Johnstone, Henry Keswick, J.H. Keswick; W.J. Keswick, David Landale, D.F. Landale, J.J. Paterson, F.A. Pollock, C.H. Ross, G.W. Sheppard, A. Brooke Smith and A.B. Stewart.

J1/24/1-17 includes copies of semi-official letters and telegrams exchanged between Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, and the company's offices and representatives in China and elsewhere, 1911-1917, including Changchun, Chingkiang, Chungking, Dairen/Dalny (Dalian), Foochow, Hankow, Harbin, Ichang, Kiukiang, Kobe, London, Nanking, Newchwang, New York, Peking, Taipei, Tientsin, Tsingtao, Wuhu and Yokohama, and reports and financial statements from these places. For later years this correspondence was bound in separate volumes, which can be found elsewhere in the Archive.

The early volumes include many enclosed letters exchanged with Bryner, Kousnetzoff & Co. and other correspondents in Vladivostock in relation to Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd's involvement in the exploitation of coal concessions at Mongougai and Pilevo, Saghalien (Sakhalin).


  • Creation: 1911-1941


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.


64 volume(s) (64 volumes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

I21/2/6/1 contain further material regarding Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd's involvement in the mining ventures in Mongougai and Pilevo.


Former reference: J18

Repository Details

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