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Semi-official letters from Colombo to London, 23 Nov. 1950-2 Aug. 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/183

Scope and Contents

Originals and a few copies of semi-official letters from Bosanquet & Skrine Ltd, Colombo, to Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, with enclosed letters and papers, including copies of correspondence between Bosanquet & Skrine Ltd and Matheson, Bosanquet & Co. Ltd, Cochin and Colombo:

1. Nos 1-61, 63-65 and 65-100 from W.W. Berry (mainly) and F. Cunningham to W.J. Keswick (mainly) and W.E.D. Smith, 23 November 1950-22 September 1952. No. 46, 16 August 1951, is a copy. There are two letters numbered 65, dated 4 and 31 December 1951. There are also a few unnumbered letters from Colombo to London.

2. Nos 1-85 and 87-260 from W.W. Berry, M.B. Butler-Cole, C.D. Green, John R. Murray and D.A. Neale to W.J. Keswick (mainly), H. Flint, J.H. Keswick and W.E.D. Smith, 6 October 1952-27 October 1961. A note records that no. 86, 2 June 1954, regarding Stein Hall Inc., New York, has been filed in the Produce Department. Nos 218, 5 June 1959, 221, 15 July 1959, and 225, 24 March 1960, are copies.

3. Nos 1-3 from D.A. Neale to W.J. Keswick, 28 May-2 August 1963.

The subjects covered include investment in Bosanquet & Skrine Ltd; the Burnside Estate; the Cochin buying commission; Jardine, Balfour Inc.; David Jones & Co. Ltd; Lucky Valley (Nilgiri Hills) Tea Estates Ltd; Matheson, Bosanquet & Co. Ltd; pensions; staffing issues; stock buying by Matheson, Bosanquet & Co. Ltd, Cochin; tea for Australia; instant tea; the Turkish state tea monopoly; and Wallwood Plantations & Agency Ltd.

The ring-binder is numbered I.


  • Creation: 23 Nov. 1950-2 Aug. 1963


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, 28 October 2015.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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