Inventory of the archives of the Dutch government in the divisions of Galle (Matara) and Jaffnapatnam 1640-1796

Description of the Subordinate Components

Part I    The Commandement of Galle.

A    The Commandeur in Council.

3   Internal affairs

q   Memoirs of Commandeurs and other officials for their successors etc. (1701-1794).
In the parallel series of the Catalogue of the archives of the Central Government at Colombo, these reports are classified under several heads, e.g. memoirs to successors, instructions to the Council, special reports on the state of the country etc. (See Miss Jurriaanse's Catalogue of the Colombo Dutch record, pages 145 et seq). In this series, they have all been placed together under one head, as they have been inventorised in this manner in the old Dutch inventories of the Galle Commandement.
There has been some confusion in the identification of the archives to which these files belong in earlier catalogues. The following files, which are already listed in the Catalogue of the archives of the Central Government at Colombo (See pages 147 - 148 of Miss Jurriaanse's catalogue)really belong to the Galle series, and are therefore re-entered in this catalogue: nos. 2692, 2695, 2697, 2701.
It appears that memoirs from officials to their successors in the Galle Commandement were first sent to the Commandeur and Council, who either sent them in original to the officer addressed or in copy with marginal notes (cf. nos. 5850, 5852). On a general review of the system of writing, forwarding and filing of these memoirs, the following inferences may be drawn from the contents of the old Dutch inventories and of the files themselves:
The memoirs of instructions left by Commandeurs for the Galle Council during periods of temporary absence on circuit etc. are all filed in the original.
5840
Memoir of instructions for the Galle Council left by the Commandeur of Galle Carel Bolner during his absence.
1701 August 16.
 
Damaged by insects and vermin.
Bound up with nos. 3209 and 5841.
5841
Memoir of instructions for the Galle Council by the Commandeur D. van Domburgh during his absence.
1730 September 10.
 
Pages missing.
Bound up with nos. 5840 and 3209.
5845
Memoir by the departing Dissava of Matara and Commandeur designate of Galle Diederik van Domburg for his successor Pieter Cornelis de Patot. Copy, certified by Albinus.
1730 December 8.
 
Irregular binding or badly bound.
Bound up with no. 2695.
5842
Memoirs of instructions for the Galle Council by the Galle Commandeur Daniel Overbeek during his absence in Colombo and Matara.
1739 July 6, August 31 and December 28.
3 documents.
Damaged by insects and vermin.
5843
Memoir of instructions for the Galle Council by the Galle Commandeur Daniel Overbeek during his absence as pro - interim Governor of Ceylon.
1741 September 25.
 
Damaged by damp.
2692
Memoir by the "opzichter" of the Galle Korale Cornelis Bagilet for his successor Jochem Christiaan Salden. Copy.
1746 March 15.
 
Entered in the catalogue of archives of the Central Government in Colombo.
2695
Memoir by the Dissava of Matara Gerrard Joan Vreelandt for his successor Casparus de Jong. Copy.
1748 March 31.
 
Entered in the catalogue of archives of the Central Government in Colombo.
2697
Memoir by the Commandeur of Galle Jacob de Jong for his successor Gerrard Joan Vreelandt. With amplification.
1748 May 18.
 
Entered in the catalogue of the archives of the Central Government in Colombo.
An English translation of this memoir by S.A.W. Mottau is published in the "Ceylon University Review" of April 1948.
5844
Memoir by the departing Commandeur of Galle and Governor designate of Ceylon G.J. Vreelandt for his successor Frederik Cunes.
1751 February 2.
 
2701
Memoir by the Commandeur of Galle Casparus de Jong for his successor Ras Macquet. With annexes. Copy.
1756 November 14.
 
Entered in the catalogue of the archives of the Central Government in Colombo.
5846-5847
Memoir by the Matara Dissava Jan Bauert for his successor Johannes Ferdinandus Crytsman, being his observations on a report on the Matara Dissavany by the Special Commissioner and "Hoofd Administrateur" of Ceylon Abraham Samlandt (copy annexed). Copy of a certified copy; certified by A. Martheze.
1758 February 1.
2 files
5846
1758 February 1.
 
Irregular binding or badly bound.
5847
do.
 
The annexe, which is a copy certified by G. van Sohsten is dated 1758 January 10.
5848
Memoir by the Overseer of the Galle Korale Claude Antoine Scoffier for his successor Johannes Toussaint.
1758 October 4.
 
5849
Memoir by the departing Matara Dissava and Commandeur - elect of Galle A. de Ly for his successor Daniel Burnat. With annexes.
1766 June 12.
 
5850
Memoir by the Overseer of the Galle Korale Cornelis de Cock for his successor Diederick Thomas Fretz. With marginal notes by the Commandeur A. de Ly.
1770 Januari 5.
 
The memoir is signed at Kumbalwella.
5851
Memoir of instructions for the Galle Council by the Galle Commandeur Arnoldus de Ly during his absence. Original and copy.
1779 June 18.
2 documents
5852
Memoir by the departing Galle Commandeur Arnoldus de Ly to Governor J.W. van de Graaff, on the state of the Commandement of Galle. With annexes.
1784 June 12.
 
No. 2707 in the Catalogue of the archives of the Central Government in Colombo is a copy of this, and it should be included in the Galle series; this file, being the original, really belongs to the archives of the Colombo Secretariat.
5853
Memoir by the departing Galle Commandeur and Governor-elect of Surat Pieter Sluysken for his successor D.T. Fretz. With annexes. Copy; certified by J.H. Brechman, first clerk.
1792 November 8.
 
5839
Memoir of instructions for the Galle Council by the Galle Commandeur D.T. Fretz on his absence on a holiday in Colombo. Copy, certified by sworn clerk J.H. Brechman.
1794 October 28.
 
Irregular binding or badly bound.