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Semi-official letters from New York to Hong Kong, London and Shanghai, 1917-1944

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/40

Scope and Contents

Original semi-official letters from Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd and Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York, to Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, with enclosed letters and papers, including copies of semi-official letters from Jardine Matheson, New York, to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong and Shanghai. There are also some other original letters from New York to London, including reports on the silk market, and copies of cablegrams exchanged by Jardine Matheson, New York, with Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and Matheson & Co. Ltd, London. The correspondents are C.E. Anton, R.M. Austin, D.G.M. Bernard, B.D.F. Beith, A. Davidson, John Johnstone, Henry Keswick, W.J. Keswick, David Landale, L.N. Leefe, A.H. Merriles, J.J. Paterson, A.R. Riddle, C.H. Ross, C. Ryder, H.F. Scudamore, E.T. Seward, A. Brooke Smith and C.E. Thompson.


  • Creation: 1917-1944


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.


5 file(s) (5 ring-binders)

4 volume(s) (4 volumes)

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Copies

Originals and copies of most of the letters can be found in J1/36-38.

Related Materials

J1/36/3-13 and J1/37 contain a complete sequence of letters nos 1-505 from New York to Hong Kong, 1920-1932. J1/37 contains a complete sequence of letters nos 305-434 from New York to Shanghai, 1930-1932.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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