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.

Annual Compendia. 1749 - 1790.
The series "compendia" in the archives of the Central Government at Colombo consists of the annual general reports on the Company's administration, trade and finances, sent to Colombo from the various "commandementen" and comptoirs of Ceylon and from the comptoir of Madura, for the compilation of the annual general report sent from Colombo to Patria and Batavia [1].
Compendia were sent from Galle and Matara, Jaffna and Mannar, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Kalpitiya, and Madura. Those coming from Matara and Mannar were submitted through the "commandeurs " of Galle and Jaffna, respectively.
The reports were all in respect of financial years or from September 1 to August 31.
As a general rule, the annual compendium sent from Galle consisted of the following documents, in the order indicated:
1. Report of the Gale "commandeur", signed by the "commandeur" and members of the council, with an alphabetical index prefixed [2].
2. As an annexe to the above, a certified copy of the report sent from the Matara dessavony to the Galle "commandeur", with an alphabetical index prefixed, also a certified copy [3].
A few exceptions to the above general rule, probably made in error, have been noticed. For purposes of research it is advisable to refer always to both the sections "compendia " and annexes to the "compendia".
From Galle and Matara only.
1749 - 1750.
Papers missing. Damaged by damp.
Bound up with a document which belongs to no. 2765.
1751 - 1752.
Damaged by damp.
From Galle and Matara only.
1754 - 1755.
Papers missing. Damaged by damp.
From Madura only.
1756 - 1757.
1758 - 1759.
Damaged by damp.
1765 - 1766.
1766 - 1767.
1767 - 1768.
2 files.
No. 2752 Damaged.
No. 2752 is a continuation of no. 2751.
1780 - 1781.
1781 - 1782.
1786 - 1787.
From Madura only.
1788 - 1789.
Damaged by corrosion.
1789 - 1790.
Badly bound.