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Semi-official letters from Hong Kong to New York, 23 June 1927-3 Dec. 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/54

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official letters from Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, to Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd, New York, and Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York, with a few enclosed letters and papers:

1. Nos 69-140 from B.D.F. Beith and J.J. Paterson to H.F. Scudamore and E.T. Seward, Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd, 26 February 1929-10 June 1932.

2. Nos 1-7 from J.J. Paterson to A. Davidson, Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, 13 October 1932-12 February 1934.

3. Two unnumbered letters from (respectively) D.F. Landale and J.J. Paterson to A. Davidson, Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, 16 May 1938 and 13 December 1938.

4. Nos 1, 29 April 1939, and 1-39 and 41-47, 16 January 1940-3 December 1941, from D.F. Landale and J.J. Paterson to A. Davidson and C.E. Thompson, Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd.

Loose inside the file is an unsigned letter from London to D.G.M. Bernard and David Landale, 23 June 1927, reporting on a visit to Jardine, Matheson & Co.'s New York agency.

There are two indexes at the beginning of the ring-binder. The first index is attached inside the front cover, and has the following entries:

A/B/C/D: G.S. Aveyard; American Raw Silk Co.; Blumenthal; Canton Silk; Carpets.

E/F/G/H: Eastern Trading Co., Tientsin; Formosa Tea; Furs & Wool; Floor Coverings; General.

I/J/K/L: J. Keswick; L.J. Lacey.

M/N/O/P: Office Accommodation; Political; H.K. Peters.

Q/R/S/T/U: Strawbraid; Silk; Scudamore; Tea; Tientsin.

V/W/X/Y/Z: Wool; Wood Oil.

The second index precedes the letters and has only three entries: Correspondence, Finance and Tea.

The ring-binder is labelled 'Ports. Hong Kong to New York. General'.


  • Creation: 23 June 1927-3 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 file(s) (1 ring-binder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, October 2010.

Existence and Location of Copies

J1/18, J1/36/13, J1/37 and J1/39 contain copies of many of the letters.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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