Another way in which alteration in the existing administrative
legislation was introduced was by the letters and orders which the Central
Government received from Patria, and Batavia. These orders would be extracted
from the letters and compiled in different forms: sometimes they would be
recompiled in separate volumes as "digests" of orders.
In the outstations the same sort of procedure was adopted for
the orders received there. The orders from Patria and Batavia were distributed
over the Island and, mixed with the orders from Colombo, were copied in various
ways. From what is left it is clear that after the compilation the Outstations
had to send a copy to the Central Government.
Although the idea guiding the compilers is not clear, with the
help of the old Dutch index, three main series can be recognised and have been
entered, retaining their Dutch names. The order maintained in this series is
more in respect of the date on which the copies were made than in respect of