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.

"Visitateurs' berichten" i.e. audit. 1772 - 1781.
The book-keeping of the V.O.C. in Ceylon was subject to both internal and external audit. The latter was done at Batavia, and the remarks on the audit were conveyed in the letters from Batavia to the administration in Colombo. The internal audit was established by governor Becker round about 1715 . A map of 1734 shows that it had its own office, though a very small one, in the block of the Governor's residence. It is not possible to trace the evolution of this office quite closely as nearly all the documents of this period have disappeared. All we know is that a new order was drawn up for its officers who were called "visitateurs" by governor Stein van Gollenesse on 1744 May 26, and that a "koopman", who was the head of the office, had to report directly to the Governor [1]His task was to keep a check on all the book-keeping and to report eventual errors. It goes without saying that this was a check only on the technical side of the book-keeping.
Only one volume of the reports by the "visitateurs" is left in the archives.
"Visitateurs" reports to the Governor, and connected documents.
1772 - 1781.
Papers missing. Damaged.
These documents were dealt with in the council. They are really annexes to the council minutes.