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Papers on Charles Baker and Shanghai, 1932-1942

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/L11/4

Scope and Contents

Papers regarding the kidnapping of Captain Charles Baker and the future of Shanghai:

1. A typescript copy of the 'Log of H.E. Case in Connection with Kidnapping of Capt. Chas. Baker at Low Point', 5-24 February 1932, 15 pages, regarding Baker's capture by bandits styling themselves 'The President Party of King Lee Section of the Soviet Government of China', with a typescript copy of a letter from Baker to Case, Assistant General Manager, Yangtsze Rapid Steam Ship Company, 27 March 1932, regarding raising the ransom money to secure his release.

2. A typescript copy of a letter from G.W. Sheppard, Shanghai, to Lord Lytton, Shanghai, 26 March 1932, enclosing a typescript copy of a letter from Sheppard to H.E. Arnhold, Chairman, Shanghai Municipal Council, 12 May 1929, regarding the future of Shanghai, and of a letter from Sheppard to his London Senior, 28 and 29 June 1931, regarding Shanghai's future and the Feetham Report.

3. A letter from 'The Daily Telegraph', London, to G.W. Sheppard, London, 11 September 1932, thanking him for his letter.

4. A typescript note on the firms of Cox and Reid; Cox and Beale; Hamilton and Reid and Beale; and Reid and Beale.

5. A manuscript letter from G.W. Sheppard, Dorking, to B.D.F. Beith, 29 October 1942, enclosing unspecified papers (probably a covering note for some or all of the above documents).


  • Creation: 1932-1942


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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 folder(s) (1 folder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received as part of the initial accessions to the Archive.


Repository Details

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