Butterfield & Swire China and Japan

Scope and Content

Correspondence sent between John Swire & Sons, London and Butterfield & Swire Hong Kong and Tokyo covering routine business matters. The letters cover the following areas in particular: termination of Anglo-Saxon agency; Glen Line and commissions at Tientsin [Tianjin]; construction and development in Hong Kong; agents, tax and commercial treaties in Japan; Ocean Steamship Company and commissions; John Swire & Sons directors; telegraphy; taxation; Taikoo history; changes with regards to Works Department; control of Yangtse [Yangtze] river ports, development of Borneo. Includes index


Letters are arranged chronologically and by sending office

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