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Private and confidential correspondence with James McHugh, 1946-1961

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J4/18

Scope and Contents

Private and confidential correspondence between James McHugh, Washington D.C. and Knoxville, Maryland, and Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo, and Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, regarding politics in the United States, particularly in relation to the Far East. The letters include McHugh's regular reports on the situation in the United States, many of which are addressed to J.H. Keswick at Hong Kong, Shanghai or London. There are also some copies of semi-official correspondence between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Balfour, Guthrie & Co. Ltd, New York, regarding the annual renewal of McHugh's contract. The main correspondents are H.D.M. Barton, D.I. Bosanquet, I.D. Bruce, R. Gordon, J.H. Keswick, W.J. Keswick, D.F. Landale, J. McHugh F.A. Pollock and E.F. Watts. There are also press cuttings and other papers exchanged between McHugh and Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd.


  • Creation: 1946-1961


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.


13 volume(s) (13 volumes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 29 September 2011.

Related Materials

This series contains copies of McHugh's correspondence belonging to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong. Most of the letters in this series can also be found in Matheson & Co. Ltd's copies of the McHugh correspondence (J4/37), but there are some differences in the letters found in each series for corresponding years, as well as in the press cuttings and other papers enclosed with the letters. J4/9/1 contains correspondence regarding the firm's hiring of McHugh.

Repository Details

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