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.

"Notuulboeken" or Colombo Diary. 1737 - 1794.
In the early days the Governor kept a diary. One register in copy [1] is still extant and is much more like the "dagh-register" of Batavia [2] than the series of "notuulboeken" described hereafter which also contain a brief Colombo diary. It was main- tained in the secretariat by one of the sworn clerlks.
The actual diary, generally at the end of the volume, was bound up with the following type of documents which may be looked upon as its annexes:
1. The so-called "extracten van het Colombo's dagregister", which means "extracts of the Colombo diary", being more extensive accounts of noteworthy events, especially the conferences with the Kandyan ambassadors and the conferences with the cinnamon peelers [3].
2. Circulated minutes
3. Matters of ceremonial, among which the receptions of embassies from Kandy take the first place. Ceremonial at other receptions and burials have been entered as well.
4. Later on (about 1762) lists of foreign ships calling here have been entered.
3045
1737.
 
Damaged by corrosion.
3046
1738.
 
Papers missing.
The diary from November 28 - December 31 is missing.
3047
1739.
 
3048
1740.
 
Damaged by corrosion.
3049
1741.
 
Papers missing.
The diary from December 15 - 31 is missing.
3050
1742.
 
3051
1743.
 
3052
1744.
 
Damaged by damp.
3053
1745.
 
3054
1746.
 
3055
1747.
 
Damaged.
3056
1748.
 
3057
1750.
 
The diary from October 22 - December 31 is missing.
3058
1751.
 
3059
1753.
 
3060
1754.
 
Papers missing. Badly bound.
The diary from December 11 - 31 is missing.
3061
1755.
 
Papers missing. Damaged.
The diary is only from March 30 - June 30.
3062
1756.
 
Papers missing.
The diary is only from January 1 - July 7.
3063
1757.
 
Papers missing.
The diary from December 29 - 31 is missing.
3064-3065
1759.
 
No. 3065 contains the annexes of no. 3064.
3066
1760.
 
3067
1761.
 
3068
1762.
 
Bound up with some pages of the diary of 1766, no 3072.
3069
1763.
 
3070
1764.
 
3071
1765.
 
3072
1766.
 
Papers missing.
Contains the diary from October 11 to November 26 only. See no. 3068.
3073
1767 January 1 - October 23.
 
Papers missing.
3074
1768.
 
3075
1770.
 
3076
1773.
 
3077
1774.
 
Papers missing. Damaged.
3078
1775.
 
3079
1776.
 
3080
1777.
 
3081
1778.
 
3082
1779.
 
3083
1780.
 
Papers missing.
The diary from December 18 - 31 is missing.
3084
1781.
 
3085
1782.
 
3086
1784 and 1786.
 
Damaged.
Contains only notes of events during the yearly reception of the cinnamon peelers.
3087
1785.
 
Damaged by corrosion.
3088
1785 - 1789.
Contains only drafts of diaries on events connected with the reception to Kandyan ambassadors in Colombo.
3089
1787.
 
3090
1792.
 
3091
1793.
 
3092
1794.
 
Damaged by damp.