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Semi-official letters from London to New York, 23 Dec. 1941-29 Oct. 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/84

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official letters from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, to W.S. Dupree and H.H. Lennox, Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York, with enclosed letters and papers:

1. Unnumbered semi-official letters from B.D.F. Beith, 23 December 1941-16 April 1942, and nos 1-77 from B.D.F. Beith (mainly) and J.F. Owen, 21 April 1942-12 January 1944, to H.H. Lennox.

2. Nos 1-75 from B.D.F. Beith, W.J. Keswick and J.F. Owen to W.S. Dupree, 28 February 1944-29 October 1945.

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

A: E.F. Aucott; Aviation in China; Advertising; Accounts; Addresses; Agencies.

B: Sir John Buchanan-Jardine; Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd; Bristles; D.G.M. Bernard; A. Brock Park; British & Chinese Corporation; Miss Broom; B.D.F. Beith; Mrs Gladys Box.

C: Correspondence; Calkins & Burke Ltd; Canton Insurance Co. Ltd; Chungking; Chesebrough Manufacturing Co.; 'China as Post War Market'; Canadian Pacific Railway; Chang Kia-ngau; Admiral Chen Shao-Kwan; Cables; Chun Ho; Coal.

D: W.S. Dupree; D.C. Ltd (Seagrams); Dollars.

E: East Africa; Ewo Mills; Ewo Brewery; Ewo Cold Store; Eggs.

F: William Ford [death]; Finance; Foochow; Fire Crackers.

G: Ch. Goldrei, Foucard & Son; Mrs R. Gordon; R. Gordon; Henry Gardner & Co.

H: Hong Kong; G.G.C. Harper; Hankow; Hongkong Fire Insurance Co. Ltd; Hongkong Dairy Farm.

I/J: Insurance; Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd; Ichang; India House; Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd; Jardine Engineering Corporation; Jardine, Matheson & Co. (India) Ltd.

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

L: H.H. Lennox; O.K. Loh; Fatuan Lee; Literature.

M: Captain McRae; J.A. Mackay; Milk; Miscellaneous; Machinery.

N: New York; National Industrial Union Corporation; Newspapers; Mrs D.L. Newbigging; D.L. Newbigging.

O: Orders on Books and Goods Delivered; Ovaltine - Wanders Ltd.

P: Pension Scheme; Mrs J.J. Paterson; Godfrey Phillips; 'Pacific Affairs'; Property; Sir John Pratt; F.A. Pollock; J.J. Paterson; Political.

R: Repatriation.

S: Shanghai Power Company; Sarco Company Inc.; Shipping; Staff; Silk; Shanghai; Staff Circulars; Sharp & Dohme; Steel; S.S. 'Seawitch'; South American Produce; Swatow; G.W. Sheppard; 'Shanghai Evening Post'; Surplus Supplies; Sulphate of Ammonia; Sesame Seed.

T: Peter Tod; Tea; J.C. Taylor; Tientsin; Major General A.P.D. Telfer-Smollett; Tea; Z.T. Tsang; Textile Machinery Makers Ltd.

U: United Africa Co.; U.S. Dollar Savings Certificate; U.S. Surplus Stores.

W: Miss T.E. Wright.

Z: H.J. Zimmerman; Zinssen & Co. Inc.; Murray Zimmerman.


  • Creation: 23 Dec. 1941-29 Oct. 1945


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, 27 February 2012.

Existence and Location of Copies

J1/103 contains copies of letters nos 1-77 to H.H. Lennox; J1/104 contains copies of letters nos 1-75 to W.S. Dupree.

Repository Details

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