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

Description of the Subordinate Components

   The Governor in Council.

    Correspondence.

   Secret Correspondence.

The Outstations and the settlements on the Coromandel and Malabar coasts.
Unlike in the ordinary correspondence with the Outstations and the settlements on both coasts of India, in this secret series all inward letters were bound together without observing any geographical distinction. It is not clear why this was done, but the series is shown as such already by the original administration.
It should be borne in mind that the word "Outstations" applies to all the settlements under the Ceylon Dutch government outside the Colombo dessavony either in Ceylon or in India, the main settlements being Jaffna-Mannar, Galle-Matara, Trincomalee-Batticaloa, Mullaittivu, Tuticorin. The headquarters on the Coromandel coast were in Negapatam, on the Malabar coast in Cochin.