John Swire and Sons Out Letters

Scope and Content

During the Nineteenth Century and up to the First World War period all letters sent out from the Private Office of John Swire and Sons London Office were copied and mounted or filed into bound out letters volumes retained in the Private Office for reference. These are arranged in chronological order and include all John Swire & Sons correspondents, including Butterfield & Swire in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The chief correspondents throughout the period were A Holt & Co; Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co; Swire's agents in Australia - up to 1894 Lorimer, Rome and Co then George Martin and from 1900 G S Yuill & Co -; various banks and insurance companies in Britain and the East; J J Keswick of Jardine Matheson & Co and a wide range of manufacturers, suppliers, clients and competitors although the majority of the letters were to the Eastern Partners or Managers of Butterfield & Swire in the East.Most of the volumes have an index by name of correspondent and a few of the later ones give an indication of the subject of each letter. Several of the volumes are in poor physical condition and many of the letters, being press copies on very flimsy paper, are fragile and in some instances, particularly those in blue typescript, are now almost illegible. (These volumes were used extensively by S Marriner and F E Hyde in The Senior).

Arrangement

Chronological

Access Information

Open

Other Finding Aids

Paper handlist available

Archivist's Note

Catalogued

Conditions Governing Use

Copying for personal research purposes is permitted. Please contact the archivist for all publication requests.

Copyright is owned by John Swire & Sons, Ltd, 59 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AJ