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

Description of the Subordinate Components

   The Governor in Council.

   Internal Affairs.

Memoirs left by governors, "commandeurs" and other chief officers. 1650 - 1794.
When handing over office any high V.O.C. Official had to draw up a memoir for his successor. Although no strict rules were formulated some sort of tradition of how this had to be done, grew up. In many cases the personality of the author showed itself freely.
2668
Memoir by "gouverneur" Joan Maetsuycker for his successor Jacob van Kittensteyn. Copy.
1650 February 27.
 
Text and translation published by E. Reimers, Colombo 1927.
2669
Memoir by Cornelis Valkenburg, on handing over his office at Tuticorin, for the "Loopman" Willem Bosem and the "boekhouder" Philippus de Hase. Authentic copy.
Dated 1705 November 21. 1663 March 11.
 
2670
Memoir by governor Rijckloff van Goens snr., for his successor Jacob Hustaerdt. Copy.
1663 December 26.
 
Text and translation published by E. Reimers, Colombo 1932.
2671
Memoir by the "commandeur" of Jaffna Anthonie Pavilioen for his successor Jorephaas Vosch. Copy.
1665 September 19.
 
Text and translation published by E. Reimers, Colombo 1932.
This memoir, bound up with Rijckloff van Goen's "consideratien", [1] has been copied as a continuation of this document although it does not belong to it. [2]
2672
Memoir by the "commandeur" of Tuticorin Laurens Pijl for his successor the "koopman" Rutgaert de Heyde. Authentic copy.
Dated 1706 July 29. 1672 December 30.
 
2673
Memoir by Rijckloff van Goens snr., for the Governor [Rijckloff van Goens jnr.] and the Council.
1675 April 12.
 
Text and translation published by E. Reimers, Colombo 1932.
2674
Memoir by governor Rijckloff van Goens jnr., for his successor Laurens Pijl.
1679 December 3.
 
Translation by Sophia Pieters, Colombo 1910.
See also No. 2775.
2675
Memoir on the Batticaloa "commandement" by the outgoing chief officer of that district for his successor. With marginal notes by governor Laurens Pijl. Late copy.
1687 April 20.
 
Papers missing.
2676
Memoir by the "opperhoofd" of Trincomalee P. van Ommen, for his successor Nicholaas van Heuvel.
1695 March 7.
 
2677-2679
Memoir by governor Thomas van Rhee for his successor Gerrit de Heere. With index.
1697 February 25.
 
2677
Copy.
Translation by Sophia Anthonisz, Colombo 1915.
2678
Same as no. 2677.
Papers missing.
2678
Same as no. 2677.
Papers missing.
2680
Memoir by the "opperhoofd" of Madura, Nicolaes Welter, for his successor Joan Bierens. Copy.
1705 October 29.
 
Damaged by corrosion.
2681
Memoir by governor Cornelis Joan Simons for his successor Hendrik Becker; with one annexe.
1707 December 16.
 
Translation by Sophia Anthonisz, Colombo 1914.
Damaged by corrosion. Papers missing.
2682
Memoir by governor Hendrik Becker for his successor Isaac Augustin Rumpf. Copy.
1716 November 25.
 
Translation by Sophia Anthonisz, Colombo 1914.
2683
Same as no. 2682.
2684
Memoir by the "opperhoofd" of Madura Johannes Jenner for his successor Jan Driemondt. With annexes.
1721 October 20.
 
Damaged by corrosion.
2685
Memoir by governor Jacob Christiaan Pielat for his successor Diederik van Domburg.
1734 January 23.
 
Translation by Sophia Pieters, Colombo 1905.
Papers missing.
2686
Copy of no. 2685.
Damaged by corrosion. Damaged by damp.
2687
Memoir by governor Gustaaf Willem baron van Imhoff for his successor Willem Maurits Bruynink. With marginal notes. Original.
1740 March 12.
 
Translation by Sophia Pieters, Colombo 1911.
2688
Copy of no. 2687.
Damaged by corrosion.
2689
Same as no. 2688.
Another copy opening with orders from Batavia for the goverment in Colombo, formerly belonging to Mr. A.E. Buultjens, is among the collection of copies in the Colombo G.A.
Damaged by damp.
2690
Memoir by pro-interim governor Daniel Overbeek for his successor Julius Valentijn Stein van Gollenesse. With index.
1743 April 22.
 
2691
Memoir by the chief officer of Tuticorin Noel Anthony Lebeck for his successor Albertus Domburg.
1745 June 2.
 
2692
Memoir by the "opzichter" of the Galle Korale Cornelis Bagilet for his successor Jochem Christiaan Salden. Copy. Original.
1746 March 15.
 
2693
Same as no. 2692.
2694
Memoir by the dessave of Matara Gerardus Kersse for his successor Gerrard Joan Vreelandt. Copy.
1746 January 31.
 
2695
Memoir by the dessave of Matara Gerrard Joan Vreelandt for his successor Casparus de Jong. Copy.
1748 March 31.
 
2696
Copy of no. 2695.
Damaged by corrosion.
2697
Memoir by the "commandeur" of Galle Jacob de Jong for his successor Gerard Joan Vreelandt. With amplification. Original.
1748 May 18.
 
2698
Copy of no. 2697.
2699
Memoir by the "commandeur" of Jaffna Liebert Hooreman for his successor Jacob de Jong. Copy.
1748 June 13.
 
Damaged by corrosion and damp.
2700
Memoir by the "commandeur " of Galle Frederik Cunes for his successor Casparus de Jong. With annexes. Copy.
1752 February 5.
 
2701
Memoir by the "commandeur" of Galle Casparus de Jong for his successor Ras Macquet. With annexes. Copy.
1756 November 14.
 
2702
Same as no. 2701.
Damaged by corrosion.
2703
Memoir by the governor Joan Gideon Loten for his successor Jan Schreuder. Copy.
1757 February 28.
 
Text and translation published by E. Reimers, Colombo, 1935.
2704
Memoir by the "opperhoofd" of Madura Johannes Ferdinandus Crijtsman for his successor Godfried Sweepe. Copy.
1757 June 17.
 
2705
Memoir by the "opperhoofd " of Madura Godfried Sweepe for his successor Gerrit de Vos. Copy.
1765 February 27.
 
2706
Memoir by the "commandeur" of Jaffna Anthony Mooyaart for his successor Noel Anthony Lebeck. Copy.
1766 January 31.
 
Translation by Sophia Pieters, Colombo 1910.
2707
Memoir by the "commandeur" of Galle Arnoldus de Ly for the governor-designate Willem Jacob van de Graaff as the acting "commandeur" of Galle.
1784 June 12.
 
2708
Memoir by the "opperhoofd " at Mannar Daniel Ditlof graaf van Ranzow for his successor Carl Fredrik Ebell. Copy.
1789 December 26.
 
2709
Draft memoir on the Colombo dessavony in 18 articles [by the late Colombo dessave D.T. Fretz for his successor Johannes Reintous].
[1792].
 
Damaged by corrosion.
Bound up with two draft instructions for the captain of the Galle Korale in case of alarm by D.T. Fretz, Galle 1793 August 20. In 1792 the Colombo dessave D.T. Fretz was appointed "commandeur" of Galle and Johannes Reintous came in his place. A memoir handed over on this occasion has not been found, nor is one mentioned in the index of 1796 [3]. It is possible therefore that this treatise on the Colombo dessavony, which is definitely more than the usual type of memoir in this series, was compiled later when Fretz was commandeur of Galle. The ms. appears to be a draft, but it could be a copy. It could even have belonged to the Galle archives, for which the only evidence is that the draft instruction to the captain mentioned above was dated in Galle. As there is no other evidence, however, this important treatise has been placed among the ordinary series of memoirs for the convenience of the research worker.
2710
Memoir by the "commandeur" of Jaffna Bartholomeusz Jacobus Raket for his successor Mattheus Petrus Raket. Copy.
1793 April 2.
 
Damaged.
2711
Memoir by the "opperhoofd" of Batticaloa Jacob Burnand for his successor Johannes Philippus Wambeek.
1795 September 27.