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".
2744
From Galle and Matara only.
1749 - 1750.
 
Papers missing. Damaged by damp.
Bound up with a document which belongs to no. 2765.
2745
1751 - 1752.
 
Damaged by damp.
2746
From Galle and Matara only.
1754 - 1755.
 
Papers missing. Damaged by damp.
2747
From Madura only.
1756 - 1757.
 
2748
1758 - 1759.
 
Damaged by damp.
2749
1765 - 1766.
 
2750
1766 - 1767.
 
Damaged.
2751-2752
1767 - 1768.
2 files.
No. 2752 Damaged.
No. 2752 is a continuation of no. 2751.
2753
1780 - 1781.
 
2754
1781 - 1782.
 
2755
1786 - 1787.
 
Damaged.
2756
From Madura only.
1788 - 1789.
 
Damaged by corrosion.
2757
1789 - 1790.
 
Badly bound.