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Semi-official letters from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 1943-1958 (mainly 1943-1956)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/229

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official letters from Shanghai to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, with enclosed letters and papers. The first part of the series is comprised of letters from Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd's Shanghai office. The office closed in 1954, but Thomas Beesley remained in China during the first part of 1955 to attend to outstanding issues relating to the the closure. The firm was represented subsequently at Shanghai by T.W. Pan, Y.C. Liu and Jack Yuan. Liu was appointed as the company's Liaison Representative, and was responsible for handling matters that could not be finalised during the period of the Shanghai office's liquidation and to undertake liaison work on trading matters between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and trading organisations in China. The correspondents in the series are H.D.M. Barton, T. Beesley, I.D. Bruce, D.C. Geddes, R. Gordon, J.H. Keswick, D.F. Landale, H.H. Lennox, Y.C. Liu, J.J. Paterson, F.A. Pollock and Jack Yuan. The later correspondence includes some letters from Peking.


  • Creation: 1943-1958 (mainly 1943-1956)


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & 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 to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.


16 file(s) (16 ring-binders)

5 folder(s) (5 folders)

1 envelope(s) (1 envelope)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

J1/229/1-21 were received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 17 April 2012. J1/229/22 was received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, 5 June 2015.

Existence and Location of Copies

J1/145 contains the originals of the semi-official letters of 1945-1954, but is missing the letters of 1955-1956, as well as some of the enclosures found in this series.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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