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.

Documents relating to discontent among the inhabitants, 1702 - 1794.
2889
Documents regarding the complaints of the Jaffna inhabitants at a deputation which waited on governor de Heere on the subject. With a table of contents.
1702.
 
As the Governor was indisposed he could not meet the deputation. Gijsbert Ferreris, Gerrit van Toll, Jan Christiaansz Toorzee and Joannes Stafforts investigated the matter on his behalf. One of the documents contains their report.
As the council minutes of 1702 no longer exist there is no further information about the subject.
2890
Report by the commission of inquiry consisting of Jan Christiaansz Toorzee, Gregorius da Costa, Swen Anderson and Abraham Emans on the complaints of the cinnamon peelers at the "paresse" before governor Simons. With the original instruction and rolls.
1705 February 14.
 
Annual audience granted by the Governor to the cinnamon peelers. Cf. p. 186.
Bound up with one page which does not belong to this volume.
2891
Questionnaire framed by Joannes Stafforts, and handed over to the commissioners from the court of justice at Colombo, to be placed before the cinnamon peelers and their chiefs of Weligama (Billitotte) and Kosgoda, with their replies thereto.
1705 April 17 - 22.
 
2892
Report by the dessave Joannes de Krouse to governor Becker regarding the revolts in Matara. With annexes.
1709.
 
Damaged by corrosion.
2893
Diary kept by the commissioner Abraham Samlant during an investigation into the revolts in the Matara dessavony.
1757 September 6 - 1758 January 21.
 
2894
Complaints in the form of notes taken from the translations of olas in the Matara dessavony. nos. 1 - 85.
[1757 - 1758].
 
2895
"Besoigne" on the report of the "hoofdadministrateur" Abraham Samlant on the Matara revolt; with the marginal notes by the Governor in Council.
1758 March 29 and 30.
 
Papers missing.
The instruction is dated 1757 September 6; the marginal notes are obviously from 1758 March 29 to 30 (see the council resolutions of that date).
2896
Decisions by the "commandeur" in council at Galle on the report by Egbert van de Velde and Jan Willem Wickerman and the investigation by Jan Scharken into the riots of the inhabitants of the Gangaboda pattuwa (Galle korale) and the Walallawiti korale. Authentic copy.
1758 May 29 - 31.
 
Copied by the secretary Gerrit de Vos of Galle. Probably a Galle file.
2897
Decisions by the Governor in Council at Colombo of and by the "commandeur" in council at Galle of on the report by Egbert van de Velde and Jan Willem Wickerman of and the investigations by Jan Scharken into the riots of the inhabitants of the Talpe pattuwa. Authentic copy.
1758 August 11
 
1758 May 24 - 29
 
1758 January 24
 
The copy is signed by the first sworn clerk in Colombo, E.H.J. Moens, and seems to be a Colombo file.
For further information about these riots see the Galle records.
2898
Decisions by the Governor in Council at Colombo of and the "commandeur" in council at Galle of on the report by Egbert van de Velde and Jan Willem Wickerman of and the investigations by Jan Scharken into the riots of the inhabitants of the Gangaboda pattuwa and the Walallawiti korale. Authentic copy.
1758 September 15
 
1758 May 29 - 31
 
1758 March 25
 
The copy is signed by the first sworn clerk in Colombo, E.H.J. Moens, and seems to be a Colombo file. Same as prel. 4386 [1], where however the decision of the council at Colombo is dated 1758 August 11. For further information about these riots see the Galle records [2].
5021
Extracts from the correspondence relating to the rebellion at Matara, sent to Colombo by the Commandeur of Galle. Copies.
1759 July - August
 
All the extracts in this file are certified by the swon clerk or the Secretary at Galle. Added from Appendix II. Addenda (1973).
2899
Correspondence between the Central Government and the "lieutenant dessave" Anthony Diederich in the Siyane korale (at Malwana) where he had been sent to quell a riot.
1760 May.
 
On the 2nd of May 1760 the Council at Colombo decided to send Anthony Diederig with reinforcements [3]. The letters from the Central Government were signed by the secretary.
2900
Report of by Joan Volkart Franchimont, Barent Kriekenbeek and Jacobus Doebbratz, who were appointed as special commissioners to investigate into the management of the Sinhalese, Chetty and Paravar "boedelmeesters" at Colombo, with comments by B. Raket and Hendrik Cramer of 1760 September 8, and marginal notes by the Governor in Council of 1760 November 18.
1760 May 20
 
A board of persons appointed to administer the goods left by private individuals.
The marginal notes are signed by the secretary Joan Hugonis.
2901
Report by the chief at Tuticorin, Godfried Sweepe to governor van Eek regarding the dissatisfaction among the Paravars. With annexes. .
1762 April 15
 
Damaged by corrosion.
This matter was discussed in Council on 1762 May 28, no. 138.
2902
Report of Johan Gerard van Angelbeek and "majoor" Arnoldus Frankena, who were appointed as special commissioners to inquire into certain complaints by the inhabitants of Puttalam. With connected documents.
1766 June 2.
 
Papers missing.
This commission was appointed by resolution of the Council of 1766 February 4, no. 148.
2903
Report by the secretary of the Jaffna "commandement " Carl Fredrik Schreuder, and the "boekhouder" Lambert van Buuren to "commandeur" Christiaan Rose and the council of Jaffna, regarding their investigation into the troubles with the Vanni, especially with Don Diogoe in the provinces of Melpattuwa and Mulliyavalapattuwa with annexes. Copies.
1769 June 30.
 
This copy was forwarded to the Central Government.
2904
Correspondence of the Central Government regarding a rebellion in the Matara district near Kirinda.
1772.
 
Fading.
2905
Draft notes on an enquiry by special commissioners of the "landraad" held at Hulftsdorp regarding a defamatory ola drawn up against the dessave of Matara, Daniël Burnat. .
1772
 
Damaged by damp.
The decision of the Council appears in the minutes of 1772 May 12.
2906
Translations of olas connected with a rebellion in the Gangaboda-Talpe pattuwa.
1774 February.
 
2907
Report to governor Falck by the commissioners appointed for the description of the Chalias in the Colombo dessavony and for investigating into certain complaints from the cinnamon peelers.
1778.
 
Damaged. Papers missing. Damaged by damp.
The Colombo council minutes of 1778 January 23 in no. 176 mention a special commission of this sort.
According to no. 1508, the "opziender" of Galle korale, Dietrich Thomas Fretz was absent from the Galle council on 1778 February 15.
2908
Proceedings of the meetings of the commissioners Dietrich Thomas Fretz and Abraham Samlant, who were appointed by the Governor in Council to investigate into the revolts in the Matara dessavony, and their memorandum addressed to the inhabitants on 1790 May 28. With annexes.
1790 May and June.
 
Papers missing.
The appointment of this commission appears in the minutes of 1790 April 26, no. 755. The Matara dessave Christiaan van Angelbeek attended the meetings and signed too. A copy appears in no. 2914.
2909
Letters from Dietrich Thomas Fretz and Abraham Samlant, addressed to the Governor, during their commission mentioned in no. 2908.
1790 May and June.
 
Damaged by damp.
2910
Drafts of secret letters from the Governor and the Council to D.T. Fretz and A. Samlant, during their commission mentioned in no. 2908.
1790 May and June.
 
2911
Report on the progress of the inquiries into the revolts in the Matara dessavony by D.T. Fretz and A. Samlant, addressed to the "commandeur" of Galle, Peter Sluysken during their commission mentioned in no. 2908. Authentic copy with annexe.
1790 June 25.
 
2912
Decisions by "commandeur" Peter Sluysken on the action taken by D.T. Fretz and A. Samlant during their commission mentioned in no. 2908. With annexes. Certified copies.
1790 July 7.
 
The information obtained by Sluysken appears in no. 2911. This appears to have been tabled at the meeting of the Secret Council on 1790 July 20, no. 755.
2913
Minutes of the Secret Council of Galle relating to the rebellion in the Matara dessavony. Certified copies.
1790 April 19 - July 5.
 
These minutes are missing from the ordinary series.
2914
Documents relating to the Matara riots. Certified copies.
1790.
 
Contains:
1. the record of the proceedings of the commissioners Fretz and Samlant (same as no. 2908, but without the memorandum addressed to the inhabitants) and
2. the annexes to the proceedings (same as the annexes to the report in no. 2911).
2915
Secret correspondence of the Central Government regarding the revolts in the Alutkuru korale and the Chilaw district.
1790 May and June.
 
The chief of Negombo and Chilaw at this period was Daniel Ditlof, graaf van Ranzow.
2916
Reports of the commissioners J.C. Andriesz and D.G. Fridel, who were appointed to investigate into the complaints of the inhabitants of the Alutkuru korale.
1790 October 4.
 
Badly bound. Fading.
2917
Documents regarding an incident which occurred in the Matara dessavony on . With an index. Authentic copies, dated Galle
1790 October 11
 
1791 July 30.
 
2918
Defence of Christiaan van Angelbeek of the action taken by him during the revolts by the inhabitants of the Matara dessavony, submitted to the Governor. With annexes.
1791 May 6.
 
Damaged by damp.
Discussed in the Secret Council at Colombo on 1791 October 31, in no. 756.
2919
Correspondence of governors van de Graaff and van Angelbeek with Abraham Samlant, who was sent as commissioner to the Pitigal korale (Chilaw) to investigate into certain complaints of the inhabitants regarding the building of an elephantkraal and other difficulties.
1794 February 6 - March 27.
 
From the last page of this file it would appear that it originally belonged to the annexes of the "binnenlandsche departement". The commission is referred to in no. 708, 1794 April 15.
2920
Report on an inquiry held by the "dispensier", Henricus Volraad van Sohsten, and the "onderkoopman" Justinus Kriekenbeek, into the complaints by the inhabitants of Puttalam against the interpreters Abraham and Simon Poelle. With annexes.
1794 April 3.
 
The appointment of this commission is mentioned in no. 225, 1794 January 28. This file was tabled as an annexe at the council meeting of 1794 May 1 in no. 226.
2921
Draft proceedings of an inquiry at the Colombo secretariat by governors van de Graaf and van Angelbeek regarding the threatened riots by the cinnamon peelers in the village of Ewariwatta. With annexes.
1794.
 
2922
Documents used by the commissioners Lambertus van Zitter and Abraham Samlant who were sent to Mullaittivu to investigate into the disturbances in the Vanni. Copies.
1794.
 
Contains also the original instruction from governor van Angelbeek to the commissioners of 1794 September 9. The commission was appointed as a result of complaints against the Vanni headmen. See Council minutes of 1795 August 26 in no. 227.
2923
Record of investigations made by the special commissioners L. van Zitter and A. Samlant into the disturbances in the Vanni.
1794 September - October.
 
2924
Correspondence of the commissioners B.L. van Zitter and A. Samlant, in connection with the inquiry into the disturbances in the Vanni.
1794 September 14 - October 23.
 
2925
Report by the commissioners L. van Zitter and A. Samlant on their investigations into the disturbances in the Vanni. With annexe.
1794 October 31.
 
Damaged.