Letter to H. C. Brushfield, Shanghai, from Fergusson & Co., Chefoo & Weihaiwei, 18 March 1902

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Letter to H. C. Brushfield, Shanghai, from Fergusson & Co., Chefoo & Weihaiwei, 18 March 1902
Fergusson & Co. (Chefoo, China) ( Author, Primary )
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Subjects / Keywords:
亞洲 -- 中國 -- 山東省 -- 煙台市
亚洲 -- 中国 -- 山东省 -- 烟台市
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- China -- Shandong -- Yantai
37.545383 x 121.401783


General Note:
Typescript manuscript copy
General Note:
H. C. Brushfield was a barrister-a-law based in Shanghai
General Note:
Yantai, previously known as Chefoo, is located in present day (2020) Shandong province
General Note:
Chefoo was designated a treaty port by Treaty of Tientsin 1859
General Note:
Thomas Tierney Fergusson founded the trading firm of Fergusson & Co in 1861 following the establishment of a treaty port at Chefoo [Yantai]. Until 1889 he traded alone but then went into partnership with John Pender Wake. According to Frances Wood, author of No dogs and not many Chinese: Treaty port life in China 1843-1943 , "Chefoo was never much of a trading port, with only four foreign trading firms (three of them British) active in 1891, shipping beancake, vermicelli, peanuts, silks, hairnets, lace and fruits." During his time in Chefoo Fergusson was a staunch supporter of the Catholic St Mary's Church and of the Catholic Mission there. Fergusson went on leave to England in 1889, dying there unexpectedly, on 22nd November 1890. The firm Fergusson & Co continued under new ownership for a number of years but Fergusson's property was managed through agents in China, first by his widow, Anna Fergusson and, after her death, in 1908 by his daughter Anne Marie Madeleine, wife of Admiral Sir Charles Henry Coke. During Lady Coke's life the property was sold off in various lots, the last being sold in 1940.

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Source Institution:
SOAS University of London
Holding Location:
Special Collections
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
MS 380715 ( SOAS manuscript number )


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Fergusson & Co.
Chefoo &
Weihaiwei Chefoo 18 March 1902
H. C. Brushfield Esq.
Balfour Buildings
Dear Mr Brushfield, jn re: Fregusson & Co.
I have an offer to buy the whoie of fox tne sum
of Tls. loOOOO. payable TIs.100300. down & IIs. six, months.
The oiler is only open for a fortnight a so if necessary Please
wire at my expanse to Mrs Fergusson.
The offer is an extremely guod one and I shouxd strongly aavise
you to close, if you can. The purchaser will ’give tne Standard Oil Coy
a xease of tneir present premises for 5 years at taeir present rental.
if you cannot sell tne lot you migat ma^e a counter proposal lor
sucn as you can seil & I taink my man will buy. xou migat however
make a counter proposal asking Ils.170030 and tnen you can give me as
Trustee lor tne Estate, an Agency Commission of 2.1/2 * amounting to
I is. 4260. a I thiiK my Client will pay the ode T is. 10000. As tais is an
excellent opportunity for Mrs F. to get rid of her property at what i
considerzijts_ more than full value I trust you will do all you possioly
can to put it through.
Respecting your notification to me not to pay out any dividend in
this estate until a settlement of Mrs F#s so called claim could you not
witnaiaw this on toy undertaking to yay you on your claim snould you
prove it, tne two dividends when I pay tne second aiviaenoj i nave
money in aana anu Snoula lixe hext montn to pay a first divine no of say
20 A; but your action will prevent me unless you can see your way to
withdraw your notification
with 41 no regards
Yours faithfully
( signeu ) Arthur R Leane
Fergusson & Co. in Bankruptcy