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Semi-official letters from London to Bombay and Calcutta, 11 Dec. 1941-4 Feb. 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/81

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official letters from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, to Jardine, Skinner & Co., Bombay and Calcutta, and Jardine, Matheson & Co. (India) Ltd, Bombay, with enclosed letters and papers.

1. Nos 1-27 from B.D.F. Beith to C.T. Tod, Jardine, Skinner & Co., Calcutta, 11 December 1941-10 April 1942.

2. Nos 28-67 from B.D.F. Beith to A.W. Robson and C.T. Tod, Jardine, Skinner & Co., Bombay, 10 April-31 December 1942. No. 28 is addressed to C.T. Tod, c/o the Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, Bombay.

3. Nos 68-103 and 105-215 from B.D.F. Beith, W.J. Keswick and J.F. Owen to A.W. Robson and H.H. Tod, Jardine, Matheson & Co. (India) Ltd, Bombay, 5 January 1943-8 January 1946. There is also a no. 98A from B.D.F. Beith to H.R. Cleland, Bombay, 1 October 1943. A note attached to the inside cover reads 'No. 104 with E.F. Aucott'.

4. No. 216 from F.A. Pollock to H.H. Tod, c/o Jardine, Skinner & Co., Calcutta, 4 February 1946.

There is an index at the beginning of the ring-binder containing the following entries:

A: Accounts (Indo-China); Accounts.

B: Boustead & Co. Ltd; Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd; Bombay; Bararee Coke Co. Ltd; Bararee Coke Co. Ltd; B.D.F. Beith.

C: Calcutta Office (Bombay); China Navigation Co. Ltd; Chamber of Shipping; Chinese Crews (Indo-China); S.S. 'Changon'; Correspondence; Custodian of Enemy Property; Chungking; H.H. Cohen; H.R. Cleland; Coke; Canton Insurance Office; Calcutta; Calcutta/Straits/Japan Conference; China Records.

D: De Walt Products Corporation.

E: Ewo Cotton Mills; East Africa; S.S. 'Esang'; Ewo Cold Store.

F: Foochow; Finance; Far East; Far Eastern Shipping Agencies.

G: R. Gordon.

H: Hong Kong; Hongkong Fire Insurance Co.; A.H. Hutchison.

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

J: Jardine, Skinner & Co.; Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd; Jardine Engineering Corporation.

K: J.H. Keswick; W.J. Keswick.

L: J.W. Lindsay.

M: Mackinnon & Co.

P: Provident Fund; Produce; Gwendoline Priestwood; J.J. Paterson; F.A. Pollock; Piece Goods.

R: Requisition (Indo-China); Mrs Richardson.

S: Staff; Shanghai; Shanghai & Hongkew Wharf; Silk.

T: H.H. Tod; Taxation.

W: War Circular.


  • Creation: 11 Dec. 1941-4 Feb. 1946


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, 17 April 2012.

Existence and Location of Copies

J1/100 contains copies of letters nos 1-216 (inclusive), as well as telegrams exchanged between London and Bombay and Calcutta.

Repository Details

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