General Missives (GM)
Appendixes to GM
Daily Journal Batavia
Outgoing Missives HG
Court of Justice Batavia20
Missives from the Cape
Appendixes to Cape Miss.
itself. Consequently, the focus will concentrate on the reporting of the High
Government (HG) in Batavia and the local governments in the different
provinces of the fast-shrinking Dutch colonial empire.
At the moment the OIC was in charge of the ailing VOC, it also had to address
the question of what to do with the archives of the latter in the Netherlands. This
vast archival heritage, which was dispersed over various sites, was taken care of
by nominating an archivist, a returned VOC employee who had made career in
the province of Java's Northeast Coast. The concentration of the former VOC
archives, scattered over its six Chambers, was nevertheless a slow process, one not
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Availability of documents sent from the East in selected years (A=Available, X=Not Available)
12 Letters of Governor-General Herman Willem Daendels are available through the archives of the Holland
Division of the Ministry of the Navy and Colonies in Paris, as kept by the The Hague National Archives
(HaNA 2.01.27.05), inv. number 19.
13 Available in the archives of the OIC, inv. numbers 69-71.
14 In the archives of RAB are resolutions of the Commissioners-General who were temporarily senior to the
High Government, as well resolutions of the combined meetings of the Commissioners-General and the
High Government, see RAB, inv. numbers 237-238, 248, 283, 285, 337.
15 Available in OIC, inv. number 78
16 See OIC, inv. numbers 72-73.
17 Letters to Canton are found in the The Hague National Archives in the archives of the High Government
Batavia (HaNA 1.04.17), inv. number 60.
18 Letters to Canton, Bengal, Coromandel, Malabar, Surat and Cape of Good Hope are found in: HaNa, High
Government Batavia, inv. numbers 65, 179, 330, 614, 770, and 886.
19 Letters to Canton and Bengal in: HaNa, High Government Batavia, inv. numbers 70, 73, and 284.
20 The papers of the Court of Justice in Batavia are mentioned separately here. Unlike other institutions in the
capital of the VOC, this court had a certain degree of autonomy in respect to the High Government, because
its member were nominated directly by the Heeren XVII (Gaastra, 'Geschiedenis archiefvormer', 27).
21 Letters from Canton are found in: HaNa, High Government Batavia, inv. number 110.
22 Letters from Canton, Malabar, Surat and Cape of Good Hope in: HaNa, High Government Batavia, inv.
numbers 118, 122, 671, 783, 792, 795, 902, and 925.
23 Letters from Canton in: HaNa, High Government Batavia, inv. numbers 132, 134, and 140.
24 Resolutions for Bengal, Malabar and Surat in: HaNa, High Government Batavia, inv. numbers 220,
684-685 and 812-816. For Bengal also in: HaNa, Dutch Possessions India, inv. number 15. For Japan in:
HaNA, Dutch Factory Japan, inv. numbers 17 and 18. The resolutions of the Commercial Council of the
factory in Canton/Macao in: HaNa, Dutch Factory Canton, inv. numbers 54-56.
25 Resolutions Commercial Council factory in Canton/Macao in: HaNa, Dutch Factory Canton,
inv. number 64.