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Semi-official correspondence between Tokyo and Korea, New York and Tientsin, 1950-1951 (mainly 1950)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/159

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official correspondence between Jardine Matheson, Tokyo, and Jardine Matheson, Korea and Tientsin, and Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York, with enclosures:


1. An unnumbered semi-official letter from A. Davidson, New York, to F.A. Pollock, Tokyo, 10 April 1951.

2. Semi-official letters from F.A. Pollock and M.L. Railton, Tokyo, to A.S.R. Williamson, New York: unnumbered, 23 March 1950, 4 August 1950 and 5 August 1950, no. 68, 20 April 1950, and no. 1, 11 May 1950.

3. An unnumbered semi-official letter from A.S.R. Williamson, New York, to F.A. Pollock, Tokyo, 26 July 1950.

The subjects covered include Japanese canned goods, including tuna; M.G. Ritter; and the U.S. economic situation.


1. An unnumbered semi-official letter, 24 January 1950, and semi-official letters nos 1-2, 20 February 1950 and 30 May 1950, from F.A. Pollock, Tokyo, to L.G. Frost, Tientsin, with a draft letter to Frost of 25 January 1950, and telegrams to Tientsin, 19-23 January 1950. The subjects include Nisshu Sangyo Kaisha and soya beans.

2. Semi-official letter no. 2 from L.G. Frost, Tientsin, to F.A. Pollock, Tokyo, 12 May 1950, regarding the Tientsin British Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Annual Report for 1949.


1. Semi-official letters nos 1-8, 10, 12, 15-25 and 27-30 from F.A. Pollock (mainly) and M.L. Railton, Tokyo, to W.K. Corneck, Seoul, 4 January-9 May 1950. Nos 9, 13, 14 and 26 are listed as missing.

2. Semi-official letters nos K 1-23 and 25-40 from W.K. Corneck (mainly) and D.A.S. Gordon, Seoul, to F.A. Pollock, Tokyo, 9 January-16 June 1950. No. 24 is listed as missing. There is also a personal letter from W.K. Corneck, Korea, to F.A. Pollock, Japan, 16 March 1950, numbered KC2/50.

The subjects covered include the agency handover to D.A.S. Gordon; agency house; airways; Butterfield & Swire; Carl Culver - States Marine Ltd; Economic Cooperation Administration cotton yarn; Economic Cooperation Administration Mission in Korea; economics; Hong Kong Airways; insurance; Korean Shipping Mission; Mitsubishi Chemical Works; power of attorney for D.A.S. Gordon; shipping; staff; trade; and transport.


  • Creation: 1950-1951 (mainly 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.

Related Materials

J1/254 contains copies of semi-official letters nos 1-36 from Tokyo to Korea, 4 January-26 June 1950.

Repository Details

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