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Correspondence and papers on company history, 1821-1942 (mostly 1929-1942)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/L11/1

Scope and Contents

Manuscript and typescript correspondence regarding research into the history of Jardine, Matheson & Co., 1929-1942. The correspondents include Evelyn Banbury, B.D.F. Beith, D.G.M. Bernard, Charles Beswick, J.H. Burder, J.H. Keswick, L.N. Leefe, D. Rod Mackenzie, J.J. Paterson, H.K. Peters, F.A. Pollock, G.W. Sheppard, W.T. Southorn and J. Stewart. There are also related typescript documents, including 'Notes Traditional, Gossipy & Otherwise on Some Mathesons'; an account of the early history of Jardine, Matheson & Co. and Jardine, Skinner & Co.; 'Rough Outline of Suggested Plan of Co-operation Between the Hongkong Government and the Chinese Maritime Customs for the Safe-guarding of China's Customs Revenue and the Securing of Reciprocal Benefits to Trade and Commerce', Shanghai, 3 July 1929; 'Memo re Fur Business', London, 7 May 1931'; and 'Notes on New York - April 1931'. The envelope also includes an unsigned typescript letter to L.E. Meinertzhagen, 23 August 1938, thanking him for the presentation of two (attached) letters from Yrisarri & Co., Canton, to Messrs Huth & Co., 1 July 1821 (in Spanish) and 17 December 1823 (a circular).


  • Creation: 1821-1942 (mostly 1929-1942)


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.


1 envelope(s) (1 envelope)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received as part of the initial accessions to the Archive.

Existence and Location of Copies

L11/19 is another copy of the account of the early history of Jardine, Matheson & Co. and Jardine Skinner & Co.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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