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Semi-official letters from New York to London, 24 Aug. 1939-17 Dec. 1943 (mainly 1941-1943)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/107

Scope and Contents

Original semi-official letters from A. Davidson, J.H. Swenarton, C.E. Thompson, C.E. Williamson and others, Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York, to B.D.F. Beith, Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 18 December 1941-17 December 1943, with enclosed letters and papers, including semi-monthly reports of unsold tea. There are also copies of telegrams exchanged between London and New York, 9 December 1941-26 May 1942, and of semi-official and other letters from B.D.F. Beith and J.F. Owen, Matheson & Co. Ltd, to Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York (mainly) and San Francisco, 16 December 1941-17 June 1943. Loose inside the file is a copy of an agreement between Sharp & Dohme Inc., Philadelphia, and Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, for the latter to act as Sharp & Dohme's distributors in China, witnessed 24 August 1939 and 17 July 1940.

Much of the correspondence is concerned with the tea trade. The other subjects include the Canton Insurance Office Ltd, Ewo Breweries Ltd, Ewo Cotton Mills Ltd, Hongkong Fire Insurance Co. Ltd, Sharp & Dohme Inc. agency, sinking of S.S. 'Ruth Alexander', staff, staff war allowance and staff wives and dependents.


  • Creation: 24 Aug. 1939-17 Dec. 1943 (mainly 1941-1943)


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, 27 February 2012.

Related Materials

J1/40/9 and J1/108 contain copies of some of the letters in this file, as well as some other letters from Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd to Matheson & Co. Ltd from this period.

Repository Details

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