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Semi-official letters from Hong Kong to Tokyo and Yokohama, 1947-1978 (1947-1952 and 1954-1978)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/204

Scope and Contents

An incomplete series of copies of semi-official letters from Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, to Jardine, Matheson & Co. (Japan) Ltd, Tokyo (mainly) and Yokohama, with enclosed letters and papers. The later files include some unnumbered letters. Between 1971 and 1974 the files include weekly circular letters from Hong Kong reporting on local developments. These letters were excluded from the files from November 1974 and replaced by notes indicating that the missing letters were weekly letters sent to multiple offices.

The correspondents are I.F. Aucott, M.G. Barrow, H.D.M. Barton, D.I. Bosanquet, J.J.G. Brown, I.D. Bruce, W.J. Downey, D.C. le F. Edwards, F. Gandossi, D.C. Geddes, R. Gordon, I.F.H. Grant, S.R. Hawke, M.A.R. Herries, J.A. Heywood, E.J.V. Hutt, H.N.L. Keswick, J.H. Keswick, S.L. Keswick, R.C. Kwok, D.F. Landale, D.W.N. Landale, H.H. Lennox, P.L. Macdougall, G.J. McKenzie, G.L. Marshall, G.Y. Matsumura, R.E. Moore, D.K. Newbigging, L. Norris, G.M.R. Pearson, F.A. Pollock, M.L. Railton, J.S. Riggs, R. Shoppee, H. Sidbury, M.M. Smith and E.F. Watts.


  • Creation: 1947-1978 (1947-1952 and 1954-1978)


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.


21 file(s) (21 ring-binders)

4 folder(s) (4 folders)

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Copies

The copies of the semi-official letters belonging to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, can found in J1/134 (1947), J1/131 (1948-1954 and 1956-1976), J1/157 (1955) and J1/306 (1977-1983), which include indexes from the years 1950 onwards. These volumes also include many unnumbered semi-official letters from Hong Kong to Tokyo and weekly letters which are missing from this series.


Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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