Catalogue of the Archives of the Dutch Central Government of Coastal Ceylon, 1640-1796

Description of the Subordinate Components

   The Governor in Council.

    Correspondence.

   Ordinary.

Foreign powers and princes in India and elsewhere.
The foreign policy which had to be followed by the different comptoirs originally was dictated in Amsterdam and recommended to the different comptoirs by the Governor- General in Batavia. So much time elapsed, however, between the moment the order was sent out and the moment it was received, that a considerable amount of independent action was expected from the local authorities in cases of emergency.