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Semi-official letters from New York to London, Jan. 1942-Nov. 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/86

Scope and Contents

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

1. Unnumbered letters, 6 January-19 May 1942, and nos 1-71, 21 May 1942-15 January 1944, from H.H. Lennox to B.D.F. Beith.

2. Nos 1-65 from W.S. Dupree to B.D.F. Beith and W.J. Keswick, 4 April 1944-19 October 1945.

There is also a note by W.S. Dupree regarding sulphate of ammonia and the Consolidated Mining Co., Canada, dated November 1945.

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

A: Accounts; Addresses; Agreements; Agencies; Aviation in China; Advertising.

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

C: Correspondence; Calkins & Burke Ltd; Canton Insurance Office; Chesebrough Manufacturing Co. Consolidated (Vaseline); 'China as a Postwar Market'; Canadian Pacific Railway Co.; Chang Kia-ngau; Admiral Chen Shao-Kwan; Cablegrams; Chinese Chamber of Commerce; Coal; Consolidated Mining Co.

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

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

F: Finance; William Ford [death]; Foochow; Judge Cornell S. Franklin.

G: Mrs R. Gordon; R. Gordon.

H: G.G.C. Harper; Hong Kong; Human Hair; William Hunt & Co.; Howe Scale Co.; Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation; Hongkong Dairy Farm; Ho Han Fu (Former Chairman of China Chamber of Commerce).

I: Imports; Indo-China Steam Navigation Co.; International Business Conference; India House Tiffin Club; Industrial Plan for China; Insurance.

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

K: W.J. Keswick; J.H. Keswick; Kurth Malting Co.

L: H.H. Lennox; Literature; Lanman & Kemp-Barclay & Co., Shanghai Importers; R.C. Le Tourneau Inc.; Land - Texas Oil; O.K. Loh; Fatuan Lee.

M: Captain McRae; J.A. Mackay; Massey Harris Ltd, Toronto; A. Milne Company; Mackenzie & Co.; Machinery; Miscellaneous.

N: National Industrial Union Corporation; New Chinese Farming Implements Manufacturing Co.; New York Newspapers; Mrs D.L. Newbigging; D.L. Newbigging; National Foreign Trade Council Inc. (China Legal Section of Department of Commerce).

O: Orders on Books and Goods Delivered.

P: Property; Mrs J.J. Paterson; Produce; G. Godfrey Phillips; Pacific Affairs; Francis Pan; J.J. Paterson; F.A. Pollock; Eric Pollock; Pringles of Hawick, Scotland; Political; Public Utilities Development Co.; Pensions.

R: Repatriation.

S: J.L. Savage; Sarco Company Inc. (Steam Traps); Staff; Silk; Staff Circulars; Sharp & Dohme; Shipping; Shanghai; Shanghai Municipal Council Pensioners; Steel; S.S. 'Seawitch'; Steel Bros; Swatow; Sino/British Trade; Sulphate of Ammonia; Surplus Stores; Sesamum Seed; 'Shanghai Evening Post and Mercury'; Surplus Supplies.

T: Peter Tod; J.C. Taylor; Tea; Tsingtao Cold Store; Major General Telfer-Smollett; Z.T. Tsang.

V: Volkart Bros.

W: Wander Ltd; War Letter; C.I. Wroe Co. (Machinery and Tools), New York; Wool.

Y/Z: Zinsser & Co. Inc.; York-Shipley Corporation, Shanghai; M.A. Zimmerman; H.J. Zimmerman.


  • Creation: Jan. 1942-Nov. 1945


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & 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

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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

J1/109 contains copies of the letters from H.H. Lennox; J1/110 contains copies of most of the letters from W.S. Dupree.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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