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Semi-official letters from London to Chungking, 1942-1946

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/82

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official letters from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, to Jardine Matheson, Chungking, with enclosed letters and papers:

1. Unnumbered letters from B.D.F. Beith and J.F. Owen to Jardine Matheson, Chungking (including some addressed to D.I. Bosanquet), 24 March-31 December 1942, and no. 3 from B.D.F. Beith to D.I. Bosanquet, 12 November 1942.

2. Nos 1-48 from B.D.F. Beith (mainly) and J.F. Owen to W.S. Dupree, 20 November 1942-15 December 1943, and 49-50 from B.D.F. Beith to G.P. Charlton, 1-4 February 1944.

3. Nos 1-97 from B.D.F. Beith, W.J. Keswick and J.F. Owen to H.H. Lennox (nos 1-90), C.F. Stockar (no. 91), A. Wright (no. 92 and 95-97), and H.Y. Hsu (nos 93-94), 22 February 1944-14 January 1946.

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

A: Alliance Assurance; Associated Electrical Industries; Advertising; 'Atlanta'; Annual Accounts; Agencies; Air Transport; Arnhold & Co. Ltd; Aviation; American Activities; J.T. Asquith.

B: Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd; British Exports; British Air Transport; British Trade in China; Bristles; Barry & Dodwell; British & Chinese Corporation; H.A. Brassert & Co. Ltd.

C: Chinese Seamen's Union; Admiral Chen Shao-kuan; Correspondence; Cotton Yarn; Central Trust; Chungking; China Travel Service; China Association; Consular Title Deeds; Commodities; Canton Insurance Office; China Utilities Corporation; China's Post War Economic Policy; Commercial Counsellor; Cement; S.C. Chu; Chang Kia-Ngau; Cigarette Paper; Calcutta; China-America Council of Commerce and Industry Inc.

D: Durant, Bevan & Co.; W.S. Dupree; Delegates to Business Conference in U.S.A.; D.C. Ltd.

E: English Electric Co. Ltd; Ewo Mills; Exports; Exchange Subsidy; Engineering Enquiries; Ewo Cold Store; Election (1945); 'Economist'; East Africa.

F: Foochow; Finance; Far Eastern Shipping Agency Association.

G: Henry Gittins; R. Gordon.

H: Hong Kong; Hongkong Fire Insurance Co. Ltd; J.C. Hutchison; Howe Scales; Hsuing Chao-Yu.

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

J: Jardine, Matheson & Co. (Burma) Ltd; Jardine, Skinner & Co.; Jardine Engineering Corporation; Joint Enterprises; Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd.

K: J.H. Keswick; Kunming; S.S. 'Kanlu'; Murray Kidd; W.J. Keswick.

L: Harold Lee; H.H. Lennox; Longfellow Hsu; Fatuan Lee.

M: Ministry of Supply.

N: New York; Newspapers; Nanchang Electric & Waterworks Co. Ltd; D.L. Newbigging; Donald Nelson; E.T. Nash.

O: Overheads, Income and Staff.

P: Property; Post-war Trading; Pekin Syndicate; Political; Sir John Pratt; G.G. Phillips; F.A. Pollock; J.J. Paterson; Public Utilities Development Co.

R: Registration of Foreign Enterprises; Reiss Bradley; Rangoon.

S: Staff; Silk; Shanghai; G.W. Sheppard; Salaries; Shipping; Neil Starr; Szechuan Sericulture Co.; Shanghai & Hongkew Wharf; Steel Bros; S.V. Sherbin; T.V. Soong.

T: Tea; Z.T. Tsang; Textile Machinery; Textiles; W.F. Tseh; Timber; Tinsley Wire Industries.

U: U.S.A. Trade; United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

V: Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd.

W: Wool Cloth; C.I. Wroe; Wood Oil.


  • Creation: 1942-1946


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)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 17 April 2012.

Existence and Location of Copies

J1/101 and J1/116 contain other copies of letters from this series.

Related Materials

I21/2/2/21/1 includes semi-official correspondence between Chungking and London regarding the Hongkong Fire Insurance Co. Ltd, 1943-1944.

Repository Details

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