Loose original correspondence from and concerning applicants for positions in Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd. The letters are inserted at pages in the volume headed with the name of the relevant candidate, which sometimes include personal details about them. Much of the correspondence is with David Landale and C.H. Ross of Matheson & Co. Ltd, London. Some of the correspondents are parents seeking positions for their children. There is an index at the start of the volume. The candidates are E.G. Munro, Frederick Pollock, A.C. Forbes Kennish, W.L. Smith, C.D. Graham, Captain Philip G. Marr, K.E. Allan, R.J. Paterson, Geoffrey H. Todd, J. Kerr Shaw, Jock Lyon, Walter Fiddes-Wilson, W.C. Pritchard, Jas. F. Irving, Captain A. Galloway, J.E. Ordish, Mr Hale, Walter Scott, W.E. Smith, Sandy Rea, J.W. Sharman, William Exton, Lieut. D.C. Macdonald, Harold F. Page, F.W. Gotch, R.H. Wallace, F.C.W. Lagden, Wilfred Brackenridge, Geoffrey Haviland Gompertz, P.J.C. Hooper, Gavin Johnston, D.L. Newbigging, Lancelot Forster, A. Young, Eric Bibby, Cyril H. Page, W. Sparks, Raymond Coxon, Ivor Sandys-Thomas, Robin Gordon, John Borland, A.W. Robson, Mr May, H.M. Macdonald, Mr Kinnear, Shirley G. Woolmer, John Smith-Maxwell, Dennis Alex Cormack, Ronald Grieve, Duncan R. Glass, James F. Cooke, Hew. C. Hedderwick, Ronald Cartland, C.R.W. Thomson and J.S. Green. There is some loose correspondence which is not listed, regarding the candidates Cpl. P. Baker, the son of Lord Sholto-Douglas (name not given), W.H.A.O.A. Stein and Major Birdwood van Someren Taylor. The volume also contains loose printed rules governing the Provident Scheme of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd and pro-forma articles of agreement between the company and an assistant.
The documents were formerly part of the Chairman's private historical papers held in Matheson & Co. Ltd's strongroom.