Typescript correspondence and related papers regarding the Provident Funds and Schemes of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd; the China Sugar Refining Co. Ltd; and the Rio Tinto Company Ltd. Much of the material is concerned with Jardine, Matheson & Co.'s fund and a proposed hypothecation of securities held by the firm for the purpose of securing its fund. The correspondents include Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd; B.D.F. Beith; D.G.M. Bernard; W. Brackenridge; Canton Insurance Office Ltd; W.J. Carrie; Deacon, Harston & Shenton; Deacons, solicitors & notaries; Freshfields, Leese & Munns; R. Gordon; F.C. Hall; David Landale; L.N. Leefe; T.R. Macdonald; A. Murdoch; D.L. Newbigging; J.J. Paterson; A. Ritchie; W.E.L. Shenton; A.B. Stewart; J.C. Taylor; P. Tod; and M.H. Turner. The related papers include rules and regulations of the provident funds and schemes; instructions to counsel regarding the provident scheme of the China Sugar Refining Co. Ltd; the 58th Annual Report of the Rio Tinto Company Ltd, April 1931; drafts of a deed of trust of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd, 1932; drafts of a deed of hypothecation and trust of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd, 1933-1934; and drafts of a declaration of trust of Matheson & Co. Ltd and the Canton Insurance Office Ltd regarding securities transferred to them by Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd, 1934. The documents originate from a file that was labelled 'Provident Fund - proposed Deed of Hypothecation' (the label has been retained).