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Semi-official correspondence between New York and London, 29 July 1932-14 July 1937

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/38

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, and Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York, with enclosed letters and papers. Each section is preceded by an index.

1. Unnumbered semi-official letters from A. Davidson and C.E. Thompson, New York, to D.G.M. Bernard (mainly) and L.N. Leefe, London, 29 July 1932-29 April 1935.

The index contains the following entries:

A: American Bureau of Metal Statistics.

C: Continentale Produkten-Gesellschaft.

D: Dawson Case.

F: Finance - Overheads, New York.

G: Gold Clause.

H: Hayley.

L: F.P. Lachlan.

P: Pfeiffer Silk Corporation; Political Position in Far East.

R: Rubber.

S: Silver; Silk - Pfeiffer; Silk - Purchases and Sales; Silk - Finances.

T: Tea - 'Anglo', Trading Limit for New York, Unsold Stock, and New York Earnings.

2. Semi-official letters nos 1, 3, 5, 6, 8-32, 34-47 and 49 from D.G.M. Bernard (mainly) and W.J. Keswick, London, to A. Davidson, New York, 8 September 1932-14 July 1937. This section include a certificate of surrender of authority by Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd to do business in New York, enclosed with a letter from Norwood & Walsh, counsellors at law, New York, to Jardine Matheson, New York, 29 December 1932.

The index contains the following entries:

A: American Bureau of Metal Statistics.

C: C.P.G.; Currency - American Dollar; J.K. Chatham.

D: John Dawson.

F: Finance - Overheads, New York.

H: Hayley.

K: Keene.

L: F.P. Lachlan; D.F. Landale; H.H. Lennox.

M: J.C. Manley.

P: Pfeiffer Silk Corp; R. Plattner.

R: Ryder.

S: Silk - Japan, Pfeiffer, Stocks; Silver; Swenarton; Scudamore.

T: Tide Water Oil Co.; Tea - Anglo-American, N.Y. Limit, Unsold Stocks, Java, Generally.

W: Wood Oil; Wool.


  • Creation: 29 July 1932-14 July 1937


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: J3

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