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Semi-official correspondence between London and Shanghai, 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/140

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, and Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, with enclosures:

1. Letters nos 942-951 and 953-999, 3 January-29 June 1950, and 1-68, 30 June-29 December 1950, from W.J. Keswick (mainly) and W.E.D. Smith, London, to J.H. Keswick and H.H. Lennox, Shanghai. No. 952 has been transferred to another file, but there is a sheet listing its contents.

The letters are preceded by an index containing the following entries:

A: St Andrew's Day; Anglo-Iranian Oil Co.; Antimony in China; Airways Reports - Shanghai.

B: Bristles - Tsingtao; British & Chinese Corporation; Bodmer; Bristol Aeroplane Co. Ltd.

C: Correspondence; Chesnutt, Cooper & Co.; Courtaulds; R.A. Cookson of Associated Lead Manufacturers Ltd; 'Convention Chine'.

D: The Dean, Shanghai.

E: English Electric Co. Ltd; Frozen Eggs; Ewo Press Packing (Golding Case); C.P.G. Ehrhardt.

G: Ch. Goldrei, Foucard & Son; Glycerine Yolk.

H: History of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd; Hazelwood; Hogg Properties; B.L. Hunt; H. Hill.

I: Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd - 'Tuckwo' and 'Madras II'.

J: Jardine British Sales Ltd; Jardine Engineering Corporation - Carl Zeiss Agency; Jardine Engineering Corporation - Ucometal.

L: Lard; W. Logan; William W.Y. Lee; Y.C. Liu; H.H. Lennox.

M: W.H. Millward; S. Martin.

N: North China Barter.

R: Rails - 'Convention Chine'; Jules Ruby.

S: Staff Movement Schedule; Stillingia; Silk; Silk - Bodmer; Shanghai Chemical Laboratory; Shanghai & Hongkew Wharf's Claim from U.S. Army; Shanghai Waterworks; Mrs A.B. Stewart's Securities.

T: Tea Joint Account - Jardine, Matheson & Co./Matheson & Co.; Trade Agreement with North China; Telegrams; Tientsin; Textile Machinery Agencies Staff; Textile Machinery Agencies Pension Fund; Textile Machinery Agencies - General; Textile Machinery Agencies - English Card Clothing Co. Ltd; Things in General; Tin Plate; Dean Trivett.

U: Ucometal.

W: B.K. Wallace; Miss Eva Wei.

Z: Zimmerman & Co. Inc.; Mrs Zimmerman.

2. Letters nos 1-101 from J.H. Keswick and H.H. Lennox, Shanghai, to W.J. Keswick, London, 3 January-30 December 1950.

The letters are preceded by an index containing the following entries:

A: Airways Department Reports.

B: British & Chinese Corporation; Bodmer - Switzerland; Bristles; Bristol Aircraft Co.; T. Brennan.

C: Courtaulds; Correspondence; 'Convention Chine'; China Association Weekly Reports; E.A.C. Chambers; A. Cheetham.

D: Durant, Bevan & Co. Ltd.

E: Ewo Cotton Mills Ltd; Ewo Cotton Mills - Kung Yik Mills.

F: Frozen Egg; Finance - Shanghai & Hongkew Wharf Co.; H. Flint; Dr Feng.

G: Glycerine Yolk; Ch. Goldrei, Foucard & Son Joint Account.

H: Hogg Properties; Hazelwood; B.L. Hunt; Henry Hill.

J: Jardine Engineering Corporation Agencies; Jardine Engineering Corporation, Tientsin; Jardine Engineering Corporation - Brush Electrical Engineering Co. Ltd; Jardine Engineering Corporation - English Electric Co. Ltd; Jardine, Matheson & Co.'s History; Rupert Jardine.

K: John Keswick; W.J. Keswick.

L: Lard; William W.Y. Lee; R.J. Lucas; H.H. Lennox.

M: D.S. Middleditch.

N: North China Barter.

P: T.C.G. Pearson; R. Patton.

S: Staff Hardship Fund; Shanghai & Hongkew Wharf Co.; Shanghai Chemical Laboratory; Shanghai Power Co.; Shanghai Waterworks Co. Ltd; Sulphate of Ammonia; Silk; Mrs A.B. Stewart's Securities; R.T. Sampson; R.T. Smith.

T: Textile Machinery Agencies; Textile Machinery Agencies - English Card Clothing Co. Ltd; Timber; Tin Plate; Revd Dean Trivett.

U: Ucometal.

W: Whale Meat; D.K. Wei's Daughter.

Z: Carl Zeiss; Zimmerman & Co. Inc.


  • Creation: 1950


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 volume(s) (1 volume)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 29 September 2011.

Existence and Location of Originals

J1/232/6 contains the originals of the semi-official letters from Shanghai to London.

Existence and Location of Copies

J1/217/6 contains copies of the semi-official letters from London to Shanghai, including no. 952, which is missing from this volume.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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