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Semi-official correspondence between London and New York, 4 Oct. 1943-28 Nov. 1944

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/105

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official correspondence between B.D.F. Beith (mainly) and J.F. Owen, Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, and A. Davidson, J. Harvey Swenarton and others, Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York, with enclosed letters and papers, including press cuttings and particulars of U.S. dollar drafts issued in Chungking forwarded by Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd and Matheson & Co. Ltd to Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York. Many of the letters are addressed to either Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd or Matheson & Co. Ltd rather than a named correspondent. The file contains the following semi-official correspondence:

1. Unnumbered letters, 4 October 1943-28 November 1944, and no. 76, 18 February 1944, from Matheson & Co. Ltd to Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd.

2. Unnumbered letters from Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd to Matheson & Co. Ltd, 11 October 1943-6 October 1944.

There are also copies of telegrams exchanged between Matheson & Co. Ltd and Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, 16 February-9 August 1944. The subjects covered in the file include (among others) finance re Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd, H.H. Lennox, Textile Research Institute Inc. and the war.


  • Creation: 4 Oct. 1943-28 Nov. 1944


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 original binding has been replaced with treasury tags.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

With the exception of letter no. 76, the letters in this file do not appear in the other correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd and Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd in J1.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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