The Dutch Wars with Kandy 1764 - 1766
Major R. Raven-Hart (Part II) - Extracts
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A Dutch Map showing the Kammala area where some of the events described took place. Kammala, Chilaw, Negambo and Thambarawila etc found in the Genealogy Charts, are shown here.
The extracts below gives some interesting facts from the book which relate to the treaty signed with the rulers of Kandy and the plundering of the Palace of Kandy.
The Plundering of the Palace of Kandy:
Correspondence with Batavia(1)
and Holland 1765
Archives 4880 8/11/1765 to Batavia (extract):
We cannot give a list of the Kandia booty, since as already reported the Palace was plundered. Feber and van Angelbeek report (X 10/8) that although van Eck forbade plundering and on his arrival tried to stop it, all was in vain. The booty was mostly linen, fine furniture and curiosities, with some coined and uncoined silver. Van Eck took possession of a large silver-gilt machine (sic) like a bell but closed below and in two pieces of which the upper can be removed, weighing 210 lbs*, which served to contain their holiest Relic, the famous Tooth of Boedoe in a gold and jeweled chest. And van Eck (as the two Members testify) presented this to the troops, to be distributed among them in addition to the 100,000 florins promised. We request YYEE's (Governor and Members of the Council in Colombo or Batavia) orders, adding that we feel that this promise can hardly now be cancelled, and that it were best fulfilled by melting and sale, and distributing its value in the form of minor articles of equipment. (It was later restored intact, XIX 26/1/67, and is in Kandy today.)
(Hague Archives 3030, folios 363-378) 10/11/1765 to Batavia from Falck:
After investigation I consider that La Baume, in spite of rumours, profited no more from the looting in Kandia than did other officers, and that this matter is now closed.
Certain objects have been taken over from van Eck's executors and are in the Treasury, including a golden case and golden ola; a metal Boedoe statue, one-third gold and two-thirds copper; a little cannon inlaid with silver; a sort of canopy, wood overlaid with thin gold and silver (the howdah carrying the relics in the Kandy procession today); a bow and arrows and quiver (and four other minor articles) The cannon was promised to Duke Louis of Brunswick. Wolfenbuttel and has been sent by me. The ola and case were bought by van Eck from Cadet van Driesken for its weight in pagodas, not yet paid; and a golden stylus from a soldier for 100 Rxd(2), to be paid in Holland.
(1) Present day Jakarta,
Headquarters of the Dutch Command.
(2) Rix Dollars.
The Treaty with the rulers of Kandy
Correspondence with Batavia
and Holland 1766 - 1767
Archives 4882 14/2/1766 to Batavia. Copy of Treaty 'at last concluded'.
TREATY dated Feb. 14.
The preamble cites as the negotiators Doembere Dessave of Matele. Pilime Talauwele Dessave of Saffergam and the 3 Korles, Angamonne Dessave of Oedepallate, Miewattere Secty, and Morgamme Mohanderam. (The two first are the brothers of the better-known ones of those names.)
The Articles are
Signed on the parchment copies after
ratification, in Dutch by Falck, Fever, Burnat, De Coste, de Lij, van Angelbeek,
Schmidt, Moens and Borwater, with the Coy's seal in red wax, and around it
"By order of the Govr and Council, van Angelbeek Secty", and in
Singalese "Srilanka Dieswerre Srikirti Sri Radja Singa" with the
King's seal in read wax in the margin.
(3) Coy - Company Dutch East Indies
(4) CD - Court Dignitaries
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