"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
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
|"Visitateurs" reports to the Governor, and connected
Papers missing. Damaged.
These documents were dealt with in the council. They are
really annexes to the council minutes.