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Semi-official letters from Hong Kong and Shanghai to Swatow, 23 Feb. 1929-12 Nov. 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/55

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official letters from Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong and Shanghai, to Jardine Matheson, Swatow, with a few enclosed letters:

1. Nos 73-255, 257-285 and 287-399 from W.J. Keswick, D.F. Landale, D.L. Newbigging, J.J. Paterson and A.B. Stewart, Hong Kong, to G.H. Bowker, W.B. Cornaby, M.J. Henderson, W.H. Tindal King, E.L. McDougall and H.H. Tod, Swatow, 5 June 1929-12 November 1941. A pencil note records that nos 256 and 286 are missing.

2. Nos 1-9 and one unnumbered letter from B.D.F. Beith, W.J. Keswick and F.A. Pollock, Shanghai, to G.H. Bowker, M.J. Henderson, W.H. Tindal King, E.L. McDougall and H.H. Tod, Swatow, 21 December 1934-30 July 1941.

The letters from Shanghai are filed in chronological order among the letters from Hong Kong. The file also includes a few extracts from semi-official correspondence between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Jardine Matheson, Swatow, 23 February-25 April 1929.

The file includes the following subjects (among others):

A: Annual accounts.

B: Swatow berthing and reclamation.

C: China Sugar Refinery's Kakchioh property; statements of Compradore's position; Compradore's security.

D: Drawn work.

I: Imports; Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.

L: Local situation.

M: E.L. McDougall.

P: Patons & Baldwins; permit for new jetty; political situation; pontoon; property.

S: Staff; Chinese/native staff; staff salaries; L.J. Stevenson (staff); S.S. 'Strathlorne' case; sugar duty ex 'Daviken'; sulphate of ammonia.

T: House and sanitation taxes.

W: The war; wharf; wireless (W/T); wool.

Y: Yew Ah Kow (Compradore).

The ring-binder is labelled 'Ports. To Swatow. General'.


  • Creation: 23 Feb. 1929-12 Nov. 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


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition, but the back cover is torn.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Existence and Location of Copies

J1/11/13-16, J1/14, J1/17 and J1/18 contain copies of many of the letters from Hong Kong to Swatow.

Related Materials

J1/14/4-5 include nos 256 and 286 from Hong Kong to Swatow, which are missing from this file.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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