The basis of the Ceylon Dutch administration is prescribed by
governor Rijckloff van Goens
.Together with the series of "plakkaten", the
instructions contain the direct orders issued by the Central Government over
the territory under its command. In the middle of the 18th century governor
Stein van Gollenesse tried to establish administrative order everywhere and
issued a greater number of instructions than any other governor.
The distinction made by the Dutch between the words
"instructie" and "memorie" is not always clear. There however can be little
doubt whether there is a difference between the memoirs left by the high
officials for their successors and a memoir left to the Council by a Governor
who went on circuit. The former will be found along with general observations
about the country, the latter has been entered with the series instructions,
from which it does not differ substantially.
As there is no strict limitation between orders and
instructions, a miscellaneous section is the result of this lack of