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Correspondence re China Association, 1889-1896

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/K61

Scope and Contents

Correspondence of William Keswick and related papers regarding the China Association, concerned mainly its rules and meetings. The correspondence is comprised of original letters to Keswick from Sir Alfred Dent, Alfred Rowe, R.S. Gundry, Harwood & Stephenson (solicitors), W.M. Strachan and Sir Thomas Wade, 16 May 1889-9 October 1890; a printed circular letter from Alfred Dent, London, 19 March 1889, soliciting support for a proposed China Association; an original letter from F.D. Barnes to Alfred Dent, 17 May 1889; an original letter from E. Flint Kirby to W.M. Strachan, 18 July 1889; a circular letter from R.S. Gundry, Honorary Secretary, China Association, 18 February 1890, advertising the Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner on 5 March; and a press copy of a letter from William Keswick to Sir Thomas H. Saunderson, Foreign Office, 22 April 1890. The remaining papers are two copies of a printed booklet of the Association's 'Objects, Rules and Regulations', published by Harwood & Stephenson, 1889; a printed pamphlet listing the Association's leadership and members, 1889; the agenda for the committee meeting on 16 May 1889, with a list of committee members; the first annual report, 13 February 1890; a printed report of the Hong Kong Branch of the Navy League for the year ending 30 September 1896, recording the formation of a branch of the Navy League in Hong Kong by the China Association; an undated manuscript note of the members of the executive; and an undated bill from Dent Bros & Co., London, for the Association's dinners.


  • 1889-1896

Conditions Governing Access

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

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1 envelope(s) (1 envelope)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the papers were presented by Matheson & Co. Ltd on 24 July 2007. The remaining material was drawn from existing accessions.

Related Materials

I21/10/4 and L6/8 contain other papers of the China Association.


Former reference: L6/4


Repository Details

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