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

dd   Documents relating to the "Liberale Gifte" of 1792.
The preface to the corresponding series in Miss M.W. Jurriaanse's catalogue of the Colombo records gives in detail the history and purpose of the levy so-called the "Liberale Gifte" or liberal gift. (See pages 184- 185 of the catalogue). It was really a compulsory tax levied on the inhabitants during times of national financial stress of 2% on their moveable and immoveable property, subject however to a large number of exemptions.
Documents received by the commissioners for the "Liberale Gifte" at Galle.
Contains a copy of the instructions issued to the commissioner, dated 28 June 1792.