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Private and confidential letters from London to Hong Kong and Shanghai, 13 June 1929-26 Apr. 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J4/5

Scope and Contents

Copies of private and confidential letters from D.G.M. Bernard, Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong and Shanghai:

1. P. & C. nos 1-81 to B.D.F. Beith and J.J. Paterson, Hong Kong, 13 June 1929-11 June 1931.

2. P. & C. nos 82-111 to B.D.F. Beith, Shanghai, 3 July 1931-6 June 1935.

3. P. & C. nos 112-200 to J.J. Paterson, Hong Kong, 23 July 1935-26 April 1938.

4. P. & C. nos S.1-7 to J.H. Keswick and W.J. Keswick, Shanghai, 16 September 1936-11 February 1938.

There are also some private letters from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tientsin. The volume is labelled on the spine 'No. 1. P.C. Letter Book. China'.

There is an index at the beginning of the ring-binder containing the following entries:

A: Geo. S. Aveyard; Alliance Assurance Co. Ltd; Annual Accounts; R.M. Austin; Frank Austin; Mrs Austin.

B: Bispham; D.G.M. Bernard; N.S. Brown; British & Chinese Corporation; John Bell-Irving; B.D.F. Beith; Balfour, Williamson & Co. Ltd; Biers; B.T.B. Boothby.

C: Canton Insurance Office; Correspondence; China Sugar Refining Co. Ltd; Chinese Government Debts; R.E. Coxon; Lionel Curtis; China Association Committee; Combined Egyptian Mills Ltd; Captain W.C. Craven; Chambers Wharf & Cold Stores.

D: Huntley Davidson; Chinese Debts; W.S. Dupree; Durant, Bevan & Co.; Douglas Steamship Co.; R.M. Dyer.

E: E.C. Emmett; Ewo Cotton Mills Ltd; Economic Mission; A.W. Eastman; East Africa; Ewo Brewery.

F: Finance; Firm's Shareholdings.

G: General; Mrs Graham Barrow; Ch. Goldrei, Foucard & Son; Glen Line; F.C. Goodman; Robin Gordon; Grayburn.

H: F.C. Hall; Hongkong Fire Insurance Co. Ltd; Hongkong & Kowloon Wharf Co.; Hong Kong Taxation; Hankow (Sesamum Seed); History of the Firm; Mrs Hartford; Hong Kong City Hall; Sir Robert Ho Tung; Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Co.; Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation; E.B.C. Hornell; J.D. Horne; Hong Kong Tramways; Hong Kong Government; Hong Kong Exports; Hongkong Land Investment Co. Ltd; Dick Hancock.

I/J: Jute; Jardine Engineering Corporation Ltd; Income Tax; Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd; Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd; Sir John W.B. Jardine Bart; Japan; Imperial Chemical Industries; Insurance Companies; J.E. Joseph; H.D.C. Jones; Investments; Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd, Andrew Johnstone; Jardine Engineering Corporation.

K: John Keswick; Tony Keswick [W.J. Keswick]; Major Henry Keswick Estate; Henry Keswick.

L: D.F. Landale; F.P. Lachlan; Lombard Assurance Co.; L.N. Leefe; Earl of Lauderdale; Private Letters; Sir Frederick Leith Ross; Lead Mines (Hong Kong Exports).

M: Manufacturers; Merriles; Matheson & Co. Ltd; Kenneth Munro; G.E.R. Mayell; R.E. Macdougall, deceased; Mining.

N: New York; Montagu Norman.

P: Private Office; A.S. Petrie; R.J. Paterson; J.J. Paterson; Political; Property; F.A. Pollock; Produce; Personal - General.

R: Railways; Reiss, Massey & Co.

S: Staff; Staff Passages; Shanghai; A.B. Stewart; R. Sutherland; Messrs E.D. Sassoons; H.F. Scudamore; Shares; Shanghai-Nanking Railway; Shunwo; Shipping; W.E.L. Shenton; G.W. Sheppard; Silk; Silver Association; Dr T.V. Soong; Shanghai Land Investment Co.; Sanderson.

T: Tappenden; Taikoo; Tientsin Agency; J.C. Taylor; Trust Company; Tanganyika Cordage Co.

W: W. Fiddes-Wilson; Sir A.F. Whyte Mission; Way; Wireless Cable Amalgamation.


  • Creation: 13 June 1929-26 Apr. 1938


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.


1 volume(s) (1 volume)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 14 December 2012.

Existence and Location of Copies

J4/1 (mainly) and J4/3 contain copies of some of the letters.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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