Catalogue of the Archives of the Dutch Central Government of Coastal Ceylon, 1640-1796

Description of the Subordinate Components

   Special Missions from Patria.

The "Commissarissen Generaal".
At the end of the 18th century, the V.O.C. was in as bad a state as the Netherlands themselves. Then the Company acted on the "konsideratien" (considerations) drawn up by its "advocaat" and doctor of law S.C. Nederburgh, who requested that:
Contrary to their instructions, which recommended the late governor of Ceylon W.J. van de Graaff, Johannes Siberg, a son-in-law of the Governor-General, was appointed in his place. Half of the members of the commission now no longer saw any point in making important alterations. Mr. Frykenius, very disappointed, resigned from the commission.
The further development of the commission is not of much importance for Ceylon, as the European situation changed completely in 1795.
Two files of the correspondence between the Central Governsment of Ceylon and this commission have been preserved here in the following numbers.
Letters from the "Generale Commissarissen" at the Cape of Good Hope and Batavia to the Governor and the Council of Ceylon.
1792 September 11 - 1794 May 21.
Badly bound.
Some letters are duplicates of those found in no. 4959.
Correspondence between the "Commissarissen Generaal" at the Cape of Good Hope and Batavia and the Governor and Council of Ceylon. With annexes.
1792 September 15 - 1794 August 9.
Damaged. Fading.
Duplicates of some of these letters appear in no. 4958.