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DRC - Volume 4A/1 (1735-1744)

SUMMARIES OF THE MINUTES OF THE CONSISTORY OF THE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH IN COLOMBO HELD AT THE WOLVENDAAL CHURCH, COLOMBO.

VOLUME NO. 4A/1

Translated by S.A.W. Mottau (d. 1996); Edited by Klaus Koschorke



Comments by the translator (S.A.W. Mottau) are indicated by round brackets ( ) or by "n.b.".
Comments by the editor are indicated by square brackets [ ] or footnotes.
Unreadable parts of the translation are indicated by [***].

Contents:

(Section 1 - 131 of 131)

1. Extraordinary meeting of 19th April 1735 (page 1)
2. Censura Morum of 24th June 1735 (page 2)
3. Extraordinary meeting of 4th July 1735 (page 3a)
4. Extraordinary meeting of 20th September 1735 (page 4a)
5. Censura Morum of 23rd September 1735 (page 5)
6. Extraordinary meeting of 13th October 1735 (page 6)
7. Extraordinary meeting of 10th November 1735 (page 6a)
8. Extraordinary meeting of 5th December 1735 (page 7a)
9. Extraordinary meeting or 14th December 1735 (page 8a)
10. Extraordinary meeting of 21st December 1735 (page 10)
11. Extraordinary meeting of 27th December 1735 (page l0a)
12. Censura Morum of 30th December 1735 (page 11a)
13. Extraordinary meeting of l7th January 1736 (page 12)
14. Extraordinary meeting of 25th January 1736 (page 13)
15. Extraordinary meeting of 29th February 1736 (page 13a)
16. Extraordinary meeting of 6th March 1736 (page 14)
17. Censura Morum of 23rd March 1736 (page 14a)
18. Extraordinay meeting of 13th April 1736 (page 15)
19. Extraordinary meeting of 30th April 1736 (page 16)
20. Extraordinary meeting of 8th June 1736 (page 17)
21. Extraordinary meeting of 19th June 1736 (page 18)
22. Extraordinary meeting of 22nd June 1736 (page 19)
23. Extraordinary meeting of 21st July 1736 (page 20)
24. Extraordinary meeting of 27th July 1736 (page 21)
25. Extraordinary meeting of 9th August 1736 (page 22a)
26. Extraordinary meeting of 24th September 1736 (page 23a)
27. Extraordinary meeting of 28th September 1736 (page 25)
28. Extraordinary meeting of ... [sic] 1736 (page 26).
29. Extraordinary meeting of ... [sic] 1736. (page 27).
30. Extraordinary meeting of 19th October 1736. (page 28)
31. Extraordinary meeting of 26th October 1736 (page 28a)
32. Extraordinary meeting of 14th November 1736 (page 30)
33. Extraordinary meeting of 26th November 1736 (page 31)
34. Extraordinary meeting of 27th November 1736 (page 31a)
35. Extraordinary meeting of 5th December 1736 (page 32)
36. Extraordinary meeting of 11th December 1736 (page 32a)
37. Extraordinary meeting of 25th December 1736 (page 34)
38. Censura Morum of 4th January 1737 (page 39)
39. Extraordinary meeting of 18th February 1737 (page 40)
40. Extraordinary meeting of 1st April 1737 (page 40a)
41. Censura Morum of l7th April 1737 (page 41)
42. Extraordinary meeting of 19th June 1737 (Page 42)
43. Censura Morum of 28th June 1737 (page 45)
44. Extraordinary meeting of 30th July 1737 (page 46)
45. Censura Morum of 27th September 1737 (page 47)
46. Extraordinary meeting of 9th October 1737 (page 47a)
47. Extraordinary meeting of 29th October 1737 (page 53)
48. Extraordinary meeting of 20th November 1737 (page 53a)
49. Extraordinary meeting of 6th December 1737 (page 54)
50. Extraordinary meeting of 23rd December 1737 (Page 54a)
51. Censura Morum of 3rd January 1738 (page 56)
52. Extraordinary meeting on 8th January 1738 (page 57)
53. Censura Morum of 28th March 1738 (page 57a)
54. Censura Morum of 27th June 1738 (page 58a)
55. Extraordinary meeting of 20th August 1738 (page 59a)
56. Censura Morum of 26th September 1738 (page 60)
57. Extraordinary meeting of 6th October 1738 (page 60a)
58. Extraordinary meeting of 13th October 1738 (page 61)
59. Extraordinary meeting of 18th November 1738 (page 62)
60. Extraordinary meeting of 27th November 1738 (page 62a)
61. Extraordinary meeting of 1st December 1738 (page 63)
62. Censura Morum of 2nd January 1739 (page 63a)
63. Censura morum of 20th March 1739 (page 64)
64. Extraordinary meeting of 25th March 1739 (page 65)
65. Extraordinary meeting of 14th May 1739 (page 65a)
66. Extraordinary meeting of 28th August 1739 (page 68a)
67. Extraordinary meeting of 16th September 1739 (page 69)
68. Censura Morum of 27th September 1739 (page 69a)
69. Extraordinary meeting of 17th November 1739 (page 70)
70. Extraordinary meeting of 1st December 1739 (page 72a)
71. Censura Morum of 18th December 1739 (page 73)
72. Extraordinary meeting of 12th January 1740 (page 74)
73. Extraordinary meeting of 15th February 1740 (page 78)
74. Extraordinary meeting of 8th March 1740 (page 79)
75. Censura Morum of 8th April 1740 (page 80a)
76. Extraordinary meeting of 8th June 1740 (page 81)
77. Censura Morum of 24th June 1740 (page 82a)
78. Extraordinary meeting of 19th July 1740 (page 89a)
79. Extraordinary meeting of 16th August 1740 (page 91)
80. Extraordinary meeting of 22nd August 1740 (page 91a)
81. Extraordinary meeting of 13th September 1740 (page 92)
82. Censura Morum of 23rd September 1740 (page 92a)
83. Extraordinary meeting of 18th October 1740 (page 93a)
84. Extraordinary meeting of 8th November 1740 (page 95a)
85. Extraordinary meeting of 22nd November 1740 (page 110a)
86. Censura Morum of 30th December 1740 (page 111)
87. Extraordinary meeting of 22nd February 1741 (page 111a)
88. Extraordinary meeting of 28th February 1741 (page 116)
89. Censura Morum of 24th March 1741 (page 116a)
90. Extraordinary meeting of 2nd April 1741 (page 117a)
91. Extraordinary meeting of 18th April 1741 (page 120a)
92. Extraordinary meeting of 2nd June 1741 (page 121a)
93. Censura morum of 22nd June 1741 (page 122)
94. Extraordinary meeting of 20th September 1741 (page 123)
95. Censura Morum of 22nd September 1741 (page 123a)
96. Extraordinary meeting of 31st October 1741 (page 124a)
97. Extraordinary Meeting of 28th November 1741 (page 127)
98. Censura Morum of 5th January 1742 (page 127a)
99. Censura Morum of 16th March 1742 (page 131a)
100. Extraordinary meeting of 23 May 1742 (page 135a)
101. Censura Morum of 24 22nd June 1742 (page 136)
102. Extraordinary meeting of 21st September 1742 (page 136a)
103. Censura Morum of 28th September 1742 (page 137)
104. Extraordinary meeting of 16th October 1742 (page 138)
105. Extraordinary meeting of 13th November 1742 (page 139)
106. Extraordinary meeting of 27th November 1742 (page 139a)
107. Extraordinary meeting of 7th December 1742 (page 143)
108. Extraordinary meeting of 13th December 1742 (page 153)
109. Censura Morum of 4th January 1743 (page 154)
110. Censura Morum of 5th April 1743 (page 154a)
111. Extraordinary meeting of 10th June 1743 (page 155a)
112. Censura Morum of 28th June 1743 (page 159a)
113. Extraordinary meeting of 19th September 1743 (page 160a)
114. Censura Morum of 27th September 1743 (page 161)
115. Extraordinary meeting of 12th December 1743 (page 161a)
116. Censura Morum of 10th January 1744 (page 162)
117. Extraordinary meeting of 23rd January 1744 (page 162a)
118. Extraordinary meeting of 25th February 1744 (page 176)
119. Extraordinary meeting of 19th March 1744 (page 176a)
120. Censura Morum of 27th March 1744 (page 177)
121. Extraordinary meeting of 13th April 1744 (page 182)
122. Extraordinary meeting of 27th April 1744 (page 184)
123. Extraordinary meeting of 15th June 1744 (page 194a)
124. Censura forum of 26th June 1744 (page 195a)
125. Extraordinary meeting of 8th July 1744 (page 196)
126. Extraordinary meeting of 3rd August 1744 (page 197)
127. Censura Morum of 25th September 1744 (page 199)
128. Extraordinary meeting of 7th October 1744 (page 199a)
129. Extraordinary meeting of 13th October 1744 (page 200)
130. Extraordinary meeting of 27th October 1744 (page 200a)
131. Extraordinary meeting of 21st December 1744 (page 202)

Extraordinary meeting of 19th April 1735 (page 1)

Absent: The Revs. Hendrick Saakens, Pieter Kalden, and Elders G. Potken and A. Thielman.

n.b. The page is damaged and illegible.

Signed: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius, W. Konyn, Elders: G. Potken, J.W. Becker, and Deacons: E. de Moor and J. de Kretser.

Censura Morum of 24th June 1735 (page 2)

Absent: The Political Commissary and G. Potken.

n.b. The page is damaged and illegible.

Signed: Rev. H. Saakens and P. Kalden, Rev. W. Konyn, Elders: G. Potken and J.W. Becker, and Deacon J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary meeting of 4th July 1735 (page 3a)

Absent: Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and deacon E. de Moor.

n.b. The page is damaged and illegible.

Signed: Revs. H. Saakens, P. Kalden, W. Konyn; Elders: J.W. Becker, Pieter Loos; Deacons: F. Clermont and J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary meeting of 20th September 1735 (page 4a)

Absent: The Political Commissary, G. Potken and A. Thielman.

n.b. The first part of these minutes is damaged and illegible. Considered a letter from the Church Council at Batavia dated 22nd July 1735, asking for a report on the work of the Churches in the various comptoirs, and other statistics re clergy etc.

Signed: Revs. H. Saakens, P. Kalden, W. Konyn, J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: J.W. Becker, P. Loos; and deacons: F. Clermont and J. de Kretser.

Censura Morum of 23rd September 1735 (page 5)

Absent: Elder A. Thielman.

Considered three reports received from the Secretary of the Court of Justice J.C. Thomasz regarding the widow of Ensign Van Leeuwen, which he had received from the Governor. Decided to circulate it to members for their opinions. Arrang-ments are made for pastoral visits and circuits in Colombo, Negombo and Cotta. Requests for declaration of faith from the following were approved: Constantia Fernando (slave maid of Miss Kloek). A similar request on behalf of Leander (adoptee of Miss Dortsman), who is said to have been baptised by a Roman Catholic priest in the house of Mr. Pegalotty, is referred for further enquiry. Approved the baptism of the slave of Mr. Overbeek, named David. The reports on house visits and circuits. The statement re Leander's baptism was found to be correct. The widow of Ensign Van Leeuwen is warned to live a better life.

Signed: Revs: P. Kalden, W. Konyn, A. Saakens; Elders: G. Potken, P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 13th October 1735 (page 6)

Absent: Elders: A. Thielman and G.W. Becker.

Read letter from the Galle Consistory dated llth October, enclosing a copy of a Synodal Act of N. Holland held at Alkmaar in 1734, a copy of which is to be sent to the Jaffna Consistory. Considered the case of the unclean disease of the schoolmaster Hermanus Calis. Decided to obtain a medical report on him for submission to the Governor for his orders. The reports on pastoral house visits and circuits are received.

Signed: Revs. P. Kalden, W. Konyn, A. Saakens; Elders: G. Potken, P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 10th November 1735 (page 6a)

Absent: The Political Commissary, Rev. A. Saakens and Elder A. Thielman.

The medical report on schoolmaster states that he is afflicted with the foul disease and is only half cured. Decided to discontinue his services and appoint a suitable successor in his place. Read letter dated 18th October from the Jaffna Consistory containing a report on the state of the Churches and schools there: to be filed on record. A request from the Poor House congregation to hold Sunday services in the Malabar school.

Signed: Revs. P. Kalden, W. Koyn; Elders: G. Potken, P. Loos; Elders: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 5th December 1735 (page 7a)

Absent: Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; Elders: A. Thielman, J.W. Becker; and Deacon F. Clermont.

The Governor having approved of the termination of the services of the schoolmaster H. Calis, it was decided to appoint the sexton H. Jansz Ide in his place, and fill the resulting vacancy of sexton. The Rev. Potken is appointed (as Secretary) to submit the usual annual report on the state of the Churches and schools in Ceylon for transmission to the several Classes etc in Holland. It was decided to revive early the school visits in the Colombo district, which were suspended owing to political disturbances in the country. Decided to send the report on the Seminary to the Political Commissary for transmission to Holland.

Signed: Revs. P. Kalden, W. Konyn; Elders: G. Potken, P. Loos; Deacon J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary meeting or 14th December 1735 (page 8a)

Absent: Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: A. Thielman, G.W. Becker and P. Loos.

Tabled a letter received from the Galle Church forwarding a sealed letter addressed to the Classis at Amsterdam. Decided to return it to Galle for the following reasons:- (1) Their covering letter contains no report re the state of the Galle churches in terms of the Governor's order of the year 1718; (2) That, as the letter was signed by all the bretheren at Galle, except the Rev. Mr. Weyerman, the letter to the Classis may contain only part of their domestic opinions and cause differences between the members there, etc., and (3) The report on the Colombo churches being ready for despatch, it was desirable to send both reports together to the Classis. It was also decided to ask the Galle bretheren the reasons for the delay in sending their report on the state of the churches. The reports on the school visits at Calpetty and Tutucorin, and the lists of persons baptised and admitted to Church membership at these places were tabled. Considered the applications for the vacancy of Sexton: Mr. Jan Lodewyk Boos is selected for the post.

Signed: Revs. P. Kalden, W. Konyn, A. Saakens; Elder: G. Potken; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 21st December 1735 (page 10)

Absent: Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: A. Thielman, P. Loos and G.W. Becker.

Mr. J.L. Boos's appointment as Sexton is confirmed by the Governor. The reports to the several Classes in Holland etc. on the state of the churches prepared by Mr. Potken are read and approved, and signed for despatch to Holland through the Governor.

Signed: Revs. P. Kalden, W. Konyn, A. Saakens; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 27th December 1735 (page l0a)

Absent: The Political Commissary; Rev. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: A. Thielman and J.W. Becker.

The President states that the reports to the Classes in Holland were despatched through the Governor. A letter from Galle dated 23rd December is tabled. It was decided to refer them to the previous decision of the 14th December, which was conveyed to them by letter dated 15th Decr., which was ignored even to be referred to as if it had not been received.

Signed: Revs. P. Kalden, W. Konyn, A. Saakens; Elder: P. Loos; Deacons: P. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Censura Morum of 30th December 1735 (page 11a)

Absent: Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: A. Thielman and J.W. Becker (all indisposed).

The draft letter to Galle prepared by the Scriba, returning the sealed letters sent by them and requesting them to act in the matter according to their own will and pleasure was read and approved and signed to be sent to the Governor for transmission with the packet to Galle. The Rev. W. Koyn takes over as President and the Rev. G. Potken as Scriba for the ensuing year. Tabled a list of six persons who were admitted to Church membership. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and circuits to the outposts etc.

Friday, 6th January 1736.

The reports of the house visits etc. are received and accepted.

Signed: Revs. W. Konyn, G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elder: P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of l7th January 1736 (page 12)

Absent: Revs. A. Saakens, P. Kalden; Elder: A. Thielman.

Tabled a letter from the Galle Consistory explaining the reason for the delay in submitting their report on the churches and schools: they were awaiting a reply to a query in their letter of 18th October last year. It was unanimously agreed that this was an open act of opposition to the orders of the Government and this Consistory, and it was decided to report the matter to the Governor for necessary action and issue of orders to the Galle Consistory to submit their report to this Consistory regularly in future in terms of the orders of the Government in 1718, so that they may be included in the annual reports to the Directors and the several Classes in Holland and the Church Council at Batavia. Meanwhile, it was decided to file their letter dated 12th January 1766, and, for good reasons, not to reply to it. The Rev. W. Konyn submitted his report on his visit to Negombo and one register of a baptism to be recorded.

Signed: Revs. W. Konyn, J.P. Wetzelius, G. Potken; Elders: P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 25th January 1736 (page 13)

Absent: Elders: A. Thielman and J.W. Becker.

The President reports that the letter re the decision on the communication from the Galle Consistory was handed to the Governor and accepted by him for necessary action. The Scriba's report to the Church Consistory at Batavia was read, approved and signed to be sent to the Governor for transmission to Batavia with the Company's packet to that place. Tabled a packet containing a letter from Holland dated 28th October 1734 forwarding the Synodal Acts of S. Holland held in July that year: it was decided to send the same to Galle and Jaffna Consistories after perusal by the members here. The Rev. Saakens reports that he held Communion Service at the Leper Asylum.

Signed: The Revs. W. Konyn, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 29th February 1736 (page 13a)

Absent: The Political Commissary, Revs: W. Konyn, P. Kalden and Elder P. Loos.

The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius tables a letter of regret from the Rev. W. Konyn, and presides at the meeting. Tabled a letter from the Classis at Walcheren dated 1st March 1735: to be answered in due course.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; Elders: A. Thielman, J.W. Becker; Deacons: F. Clermont and J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary meeting of 6th March 1736 (page 14)

Absent: The Political Commissary and Deacon J. de Kretser.

Tabled a letter from the Secretary of the Political Council containing the opinions and advice from the Church Consistory at Batavia regarding baptism and an extract of the rules and regulations passed by the Political Council at Batavia dated 11th August 1735, and reporting the arrival of the 'Krankbezoeker' Michiel Van de Vondel from Zeeland, who is nominated as Synodal representative.

Signed: The Revs. W. Konyn, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; Elders: A. Thielman and P. Loos; Deacon: F. Clermont.

Censura Morum of 23rd March 1736 (page 14a)

Absent: The Rev. G. Potken and P. Kalden (both indisposed).

No complaints are received against the congregation. Requests for declaration of faith from 8 persons are approved. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and ministrations at the outposts of Negombo and Cotta and at the Leper Asylum.

Friday 30th March 1736.

The reports on house visits and circuits are received. A soldier, Martinus Schalk, presents his 'attestatie' and asks to be permitted to partake in Holy Communion, which is allowed subject to renewal of his declaration of faith, which is done at the service of Holy Communion on the 1st April 1736.

Signed: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, W. Konyn; Elders: J.W. Becker, P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinay meeting of 13th April 1736 (page 15)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden.

Tabled a letter received from a servant of the Governor. The Political Commissary enquired who the writer was. The president replied that it was better for him not to know, as it was not within his official purview. He then got up and left the meeting. It was decided to record this, and report the same to the Governor.

Tabled also a letter from the Galle Consistory dated 11th April 1736 regarding a censure on the Rev. Mr. Weyerman, which he had ignored and disobeyed. As the Galle Consistory had already reported the matter to the Political authority at that place, the meeting decided not to get involved in the matter, but to address the Governor for his instructions as to whether he wished this Consistory to examine and decide the matter; and if so, to ask the Governor whether the statement of the grounds of his censure may be given to the Rev. Mr. Weyerman. Tabled reports on the circuits to Negombo, where three children were baptised, and on the service and ministrations at the Leper Asylum.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, W. Konyn; Elders: J.W. Becker, A. Thielman and P. Loos; Deacons: F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 30th April 1736 (page 16)

Absent: nil.

The Political Commissary tabled the papers received by the Governor re the differences that existed between the Galle Consistory and the Rev. Mr. Weyerman, for report and advice of this Consistory. It was decided to circulate them to the members for their scruting and comments. A Jewish lad from Israel, 24 years, requests to be admitted as a Christian, a wish which he could not carry out hitherto owing to strict family restrictions in spite of his earnest convictions. In view of his earnest desire to become a Christian, his request was approved after further examination etc.

n.b. The latter portion of these minutes is corroded and illegible.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, P. Kalden, W. Konyn; Elders: J.W. Becker and P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 8th June 1736 (page 17)

n.b. The first portion of these minutes is damaged by corrosion and illegible.

The matters dealt with are: a letter from Jaffna and the matter of the censure on the Rev. Mr. Weyerman by the Galle Church Consistory. It was decided that he should be permitted to continue to administer the services and ministrations at the Galle parish (his case being still sub judice). (The rest of the minutes are badly corroded and unreadable).

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens and W. Konyn; Elders: J.W. Becker, A. Thielman and P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 19th June 1736 (page 18)

Absent: The Political Commissary and the Rev. P. Kalden.

n.b. The page is badly damaged by corrosion and unreadable. Tabled a letter from the Galle Consistory signed by the Rev. Mr. Marinus and other Elders and Deacons (six in all). Since they have refused to obey the instructions already conveyed to them that they must sit in session with the Rev. Mr. Weyerman for the Censura Morum, they are to be informed that the Rev. Mr. Weyerman will continue to perform his normal duties as Pastor until a definite agreement or decision is reached in the matter.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, W. Konyn; Elders: J.W. Becker and P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 22nd June 1736 (page 19)

Absent: The Political Commissary and Elder: A. Thielman.

n.b. The page is badly corroded and absolutely unreadable.

Signed: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, P. Kalden, W. Konyn; and G. Potken; Elders: J.W. Becker and P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 21st July 1736 (page 20)

Absent: The Political Commissary and The Rev. P. Kalden.

n.b. The page is badly corroded and altogether unreadable. The matter discussed was the differences between the Rev. Mr. Weyerman and the members of the Galle Consistory.

Signed: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, W. Konyn and G. Potken; Elders: J.W. Becker, A. Thielman and P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 27th July 1736 (page 21)

Absent: The Political Commissary, Rev. P. Kalden and Elder: A. Thielman.

n.b. The page is badly damaged by corrosion and illegible.

Signed: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, W. Konyn and G. Potken; Elders: J.W. Becker and P. Loos; Deacons; J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 9th August 1736 (page 22a)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden.

n.b. The page is badly damaged by corrosion and unreadable.

Signed: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, W. Konyn and G. Potken; Elders: A. Thielman and P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 24th September 1736 (page 23a)

Absent: The Political Commissary.

n.b. The page is almost unreadable owing to damage by corrosion and bad handwriting. (The handwriting of the Rev. Mr. Saakens as Scriba is so difficult to read being written in very small and irregular script). The subject of the differences between the Rev. Mr. Weyerman and the Rev. Joan Willem Marinus and the other members of the Galle Consistory is dealt with in detail.

Signed: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, P. Kalden, W. Konyn and G. Potken; Elders: J.W. Becker, A. Thielman and P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 28th September 1736 (page 25)

n.b. Entirely damaged by corrosion and altogether unreadable. Mostly arrangements for forthcoming house visits and circuits to the outposts.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, P. Kalden, G. Potken, J.P.Wetzelius; Elder: J.W. Becker; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of ... [sic] 1736 (page 26).

n.b. Damaged by corrosion and altogether unreadable.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, P. Kalden, G. Potken; Elders: J.W. Becker and P. Loos; Deacon: J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary meeting of ... [sic] 1736. (page 27).

n.b. Damaged by corrosion and altogether unreadable.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, P. Kalden, W. Konyn and G. Potken; Elder: A. Thielman; Deacon: J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary meeting of 19th October 1736. (page 28)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius and Elder J.W. Becker.

n.b. Entirely damaged by corrosion and altogether unreadable.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, P. Kalden, W. Konyn, G. Potken; Elder: A. Thielman; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 26th October 1736 (page 28a)

Absent: Elders: A. Thielman and P. Loos.

Considered an extract of a Political resolution dated 16th October 1736 regarding proposals for improving the state of the Seminary and furthering the progress of Christianity in Ceylon.

Signed: The Revs: A. Saakens, G. Potken, P. Kalden, J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: J.W. Becker; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 14th November 1736 (page 30)

Absent: Elder: P. Loos ... (unreadable).

n.b. The major part of these minutes is damaged by corrosion and quite unreadable. The Synodal Acts are received and tabled. The Galle Church is to be requested to send in its annual report early.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, P. Kalden, G. Potken; Elders: J.W. Becker, A. Thielman; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 26th November 1736 (page 31)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and Deacon: F. Clermont.

n.b. Damaged by corrosion and altogether unreadable.

Signed: The Rev. A. Saakens, P. Kalden, G. Potken; Elders: J.W. Becker and A. Thielman; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 27th November 1736 (page 31a)

Absent: Elder: P. Loos .. ... (unreadable).

n.b. The entire page is damaged by corrosion and altogether unreadable.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, P. Kalden, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elder: J.W. Becker; Deacon: J. de Kretse

Extraordinary meeting of 5th December 1736 (page 32)

Absent: The Political Commissary and The Rev. P. Kalden.

Discussed the resolution of the Political Council of 16th October re ways and means of improving the Seminary. It was decided that before the members express their opinions, the Rev. P. Kalden be asked to report on the manner and method of the instruction imparted to the apprentices in Theology and to the students in the study of Dutch, and whether they are incompliance with the rules and regulations, especially those prescribed in 1709, to enable the Consistory to report to the Governor on the proposals of the Political Council.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: J.W. Becker and A. Thielman; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 11th December 1736 (page 32a)

Absent: The Political Commissary.

Resumed the discussion of the proposed improvements to the Seminary. The Rector reports that he has not experienced any difficulties in regard to lack of Interpreters or the unsatisfactory conduct of the Dutch schoolmaster. The opinions of the meeting are as follows:- The instruction imparted to both apprentices and young students generally complies with the rules prescribed in 1709. (Full details of the same are recorded as given by the Rector). As regards the request of the Political Council, he suggests the following steps for improvement as the most suitable:- viz: to demote the drunken schoolmaster about whom so many complaints were made (which has recently already been given effect to by replacing him by a fitter person); to obtain the services of more efficient Interpreters. The meeting also considered it desirable to get some young men (whether European or Mixties) to enlist as students, and especially to obtain the services of more efficient Interpreters.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, P. Kalden, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: J.W. Becker and A. Thielman; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 25th December 1736 (page 34)

Absent: The Political Commissary, Rev. W. Konyn; Elders: J.W. Becker and P. Loos.

Resumption of the discussion of the differences between the Rev. Mr. Weyerman and the Church officers at Galle. It was decided to send the papers, with a copy of the detailed report to the Governor on the same as decided at the meeting held on 17th August 1736, for transmission to the Classis of Amsterdam. (Copy of the report to the Governor dated 17th August 1736 is incorporated in full in these minutes - see pages 34-39).

Signed: The Rev. A. Saakens, P. Kalden, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elder: A. Thielman; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Censura Morum of 4th January 1737 (page 39)

Absent: The Political Commissary; the Rev. W. Koning (at Tutucorin) and Elder: P. Loos (sick).

Tabled an extract of a Political Council resolution of 4th January 1737, granting a request made by the Rev. P. Kalden to be relieved of his duties as President and Scriba of the Consistory owing to advancing age and failing health. The Rev. Mr. Saakens is to continue to act as President and Scriba till the return of the Rev. Mr. Konyn from Tutucorin. The reports on recent house visits and admissions to Church membership are received, and arrangements are made for the future programme of visits and circuits to the outposts etc.

12th January 1737. Reports of further house visits are received.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; P. Kalden; Elders: J.W. Becker and A. Thielman; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 18th February 1737 (page 40)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: J.W. Becker and A. Thielman; Deacon: J. de Kretser.

Tabled a Political Council resolution of 4th January 1737 releasing the Rev. W. Koyn at his own request from the duties of President and Scriba of the Consistory.

Tabled a letter from Batavia dated 18th October 1736 containing copies of the Synodal Acts of the Classis of Delft and Delftsland and Schieland held at Schiedam. The reports of the circuits to the outposts at Calpetty and Tutucorin are received.

Signed: The Rev. G. Potken; Elder: P. Loos; Deacon: F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 1st April 1737 (page 40a)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden and Elder: A. Thielman.

n.b. The page is damaged by corrosion and illegible.

The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius is elected as Scriba. Tabled a letter from the Jaffna Consistory returning the copies of the Synodal Acts. The annual report to Batavia is read and approved and signed for despatch through the Governor.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; Elder: P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Censura Morum of l7th April 1737 (page 41)

Absent: Elder: J.W. Becker.

No complaints re the congregation are received. Jacomina Van den Burg (now married to Johann Christoffel Thomas) is summoned in connection with her excommunication for misconduct and her subsequent request to be allowed to partake in the service of Holy Communion. Since she has since married she is excused and her request is granted. Four attestaties received from Galle and requests for declaration of faith are allowed. Fresh Arrangements are made for future house visits and ministrations at the outposts of Hanwella, Negombo and Cotta, in consequence of the death of the Rev. Mr. Konyn. The native schoolmasters are summoned and they report favourably on their schools. Requests from two persons in the Rammukkana school for declaration of faith are approved. The reports on the recent house visits etc are received and accepted.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius and A. Saakens; Elders: P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Extraordinary meeting of 19th June 1737 (Page 42)

Absent: The Political Commissary, the Revs. J.P. Wetzelius and P. Kalden; and Elder: A. Thielman.

In view of the death of the Rev. Mr. Konyn, the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius is appointed to do the inland circuits (being a person well versed in the Sinhalese language), and the extract of the Political Council resolution of 17th April 1737 approving of his appointment is tabled and filed of record (Copy incorporated in these minutes). (See pages 42 to 44). The following persons are appointed as Elders and Deacons to replacing the outgoing officers:- As Elders: D. Blankert, J.G. Koetsch, and J. Van Sanden; and as Deacons: P. Prick and W. Van Veen.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elder: P. Loos; Deacons: J. de Kretser and F. Clermont.

Censura Morum of 28th June 1737 (page 45)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden; Elders: J.W. Becker and A. Thielman.

The reports of recent house visits and circuits are received and accepted. Sara Roeloffs, widow of Ensign Van Leeuwen, is summoned in regard to her request for the baptism of her illegitimate child and her re-admission to Holy Communion: which are allowed. Arrangements are made for future house visits and circuits to the outposts of Negombo and Cotta. The reports on recent house visits etc are made and accepted.

Signed: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elders: D. Blankert and J.G. Koetsch; Deacons: J. Van Sanden; and Jacob Boon.

Extraordinary meeting of 30th July 1737 (page 46)

Absent: The Revs. G. Potken and P. Kalden; Elders: A. Thielman and J.W. Becker.

n.b. The writing on this page is most illegible.

Arrangements are made for the work in the Galle and Matara Churches consequent on the recent differences between the Rev. Mr. Weyerman and the other members of the Consistory there. Arrangements are made for house visits and ministrations at the outposts of Negombo, Kalutara and Cotta and at the Leper Asylum.

Signed: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, and A. Saakens; Elders: D. Blankert and J.G. Koetsch; Deacon: J. Van Sanden; and Frans Thomas (probably the Political Commissary).

Censura Morum of 27th September 1737 (page 47)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden.

Three applications for baptism from Negombo are approved. Sara Roeloffs, widow Van Leeuwen, is present and renews her request for admission to Holy Communion; as there are no adverse reports since her past scandalous conduct, her request is allowed. Arrangements are made for future house visits in the various blocks of the Colombo parish, and for ministrations at the Leper Asylum and the outposts at Negombo, Kalutara and Cotta.

Requests for declaration of faith from the following persons are approved: - (In Kotalawala): Louis Alvis, bellale; In Kalubowila: Appuhami; In Wadduwa: Mettiyage Don Adriaan, bellale; In Alutgama: Joan Peris, Chief Headmaster, fisher, Salomon Fernando, Assistant Master, bellale, and Don Francisco, bellale In Milagiriya: Manuel Fernandoge Anthony Fernando, Chiando; In Welikade: Polpitiarachige Don Joseph, bellale.

The reports on house visits etc. are made and accepted.

Signed: The Rev. G. Potken and J.P. Wetzelius; Elders D. Blankert and J.G. Koetsch; Deacon J. Van Sanden; and Js. Boom.

Extraordinary meeting of 9th October 1737 (page 47a)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden.

Tabled an extract of a Political Council resolution of 6th September 1737, regarding the satisfactory progress of the Sinhalese Printing Press during the past 2 or 3 months since its establishment by the Government, and the further steps for encouraging and improving the work there. In view of the need for competent supervisors in the languages, the Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and the Maha Mudaliyar Louis de Saram are appointed as Directors, and arrangements are to be made for appointing other competent persons from Colombo or Matara to assist in the work of translating and revising the existing manuscript translations of the Gospels, the Catechisms and Prayer books, etc. Mention is made of the existing manuscript translation of St. John's Gospel by the late Rev. Wilhelmus Konyn and the grammar by the Rev. Johannes Rouell, published at Amsterdam in 1707. (A copy of the extract of the Political Council resolution is incorporated in these minutes - see pages 48 to 51). On the invitation of the Consistory to the Mana Mudaliyar de Saram to be present with any others who could assist in this important work for the native Christian population, the following came in and sat in session with the Consistory:-

The Naha Mudaliyar Louis de Saram.

The Mudaliyar of the Dissavani, Marco de Silvo.

The Proponent of Kalutara, Simon Perera.

The Interpreter of the Colombo Secretariat, Phillip Phillipsz.

The Maha Mudaliyar tables Sinhalese translations of the five common prayers (viz: the Lord's prayer, the morning and evening prayers, and the prayers before and after meals), and the Creed and Ten Commandments, as revised and amended by the Rev. J.P. Wetzelius. The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius suggests further that the word 'jehovah' be used in the Ten Commandments in place of the word 'Lord' in all the translations. This is approved, subject to the inclusion of a marginal explanatory note, that the word 'Jehovah' is God's 'remembrance name' of old (Dutch: gedenknaam) and it cannot be suitably translated by a corresponding word in other languages. The translations, with these amendments, were read by the Maha Mudaliyay and unanimously approved for transmission to the Press for publication. A draft of the 'Doctrine of the truth of salvation' was also tabled and approved for publication in Dutch and in Sinhalese.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens and G. Potken; Elder: D. Blankert; Deacons: J Van Sanden; and Js. Boon.

Extraordinary meeting of 29th October 1737 (page 53)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, P. Kalden and Elder: J.G. Koetsch.

The following correspondence was tabled:-

(1) A letter from the Church Council at Batavia dated 22nd July 1737, and

(2) A letter from the Classis at Walcheren dated 4th July 1736 regarding the famous controversy over the procedure for the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion in the case of adult converts from heathenism and Turkdom in the Indies.

The letter from Batavia was filed of record and the annexe (a letter for Coromandel) was to be sent for transmission with the Government mail to that place. Regarding the letter from Walcheren: it was decided to put this off for consideration at a future meeting. The 'Krankbezoeker' John Erfzon, who arrived from Batavia on the ship 'Reygersbroek' presented his credentials, which are accepted. The Rev. Mr. Saakens reports that he conducted a service of Holy Communion at the Leper Asylum on the 21st of October.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elder: D. Blankert; Deacons: J. Van Sanden; and J. Boon.

Extraordinary meeting of 20th November 1737 (page 53a)

Absent: The Political Commissary, the Revs. J.P. Wetzelius and P. Kalden; and Deacon: J. Van Sanden.

In view of the poor attendance in spite of the previous warning to members by the President, it was discussed whether it would not be advisable to postpone the business for a subsequent date. It was eventually decided to proceed with the business for the day, and to report the circumstances to the Government for a ruling for the future. Tabled a letter from the Jaffna Consistory forwarding their Church and school reports, with a request for the services of a competent Dutch schoolmaster for the Castle at that place. It was decided to refer this request to the Governor for his consideration. As regards the terms of the usual annual report to be sent to Holland, it was decided to postpone this item for consideration at a subsequent meeting in view of the paucity of the members present.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elder: D. Blankert and J.P. Koetsch; and Deacon Jacob Boon.

Extraordinary meeting of 6th December 1737 (page 54)

Absent: The Political Commissary, the Rev. P. Kalden and Deacon: J. Van Sanden.

Tabled a letter from the Galle Consistory containing their report on the Churches and schools. It was decided to send the reports, along with copies of the Political Council resolutions of l7th April and 6th September this year, and especially to request and urge the schoolmasters in the Island, whose numbers had dwindled since the death of the Rev. W. Konyn, and the departure of the Rev. Marinus to Batavia this year, and that with the likely approval of the Rev. Mr. Saakans' request to be released for departure to Batavia, the position may shortly further deteriorate, as the Rev. Mr. Potken, who has recently recovered from his illness, will find it extremely difficult to perform duties of too strenuous a nature. The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius tables a roll of members at Negombo, Cotta and Kalutara, together with his circuit report to these places.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: D. Blankert and J.P. Koetsch; and Jacob Boom

Extraordinary meeting of 23rd December 1737 (Page 54a)

Absent: The Political Commissary and Elder J.P. Koetsch.

The President asked the meeting to decide the terms of the report to be sent to Holland, and before doing so, he first tabled twelve items of Sinhalese printed works and prayer books sent to him by the Governor, with an extract of a Political resolution of 11th December 1737 (which is incorporated in full in these minutes - see pages 54-55). The resolution approves of the request of the Rev. Petrus Kalden to be relieved of his duties as Rector of the Seminary, and appoints the Rev. J.P. Wetzelius (who has been persuaded to accept the duties of this office) to succeed him as Rector, with certain re-arrangements regarding his other Pastoral duties. It also approves the appointment of Hendrik Vrolijk to assist him as Co-rector in the instruction of the students in theology under the supervision of the Rector, after his prior examination by the Consistory in regard to his aptitude and ability to perform these duties. Having read this resolution, the meeting decided to postpone the examination of Mr. Vrolijk for a future date as it was already late. It was also decided to send the two Classes in Holland each a couple of the abovenamed Sinhalese prayer books with a certified copy of the above resolution, and to await the closing of the letters till the above copies are ready.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken and J.P. Wetzelius: The Elder: D. Blankert; Deacon: J. Van Sanden; and Jacob Boon.

Censura Morum of 3rd January 1738 (page 56)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden.

The Rev. Mr. Saakens hands over to the Rev. Mr. Potken as President and the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius is appointed as Scriba. No complaints re[ffering to] the congregation are received. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and ministrations at the outposts of Negombo, Kalutara and Cotta. Requests for declaration of faith from the following persons are approved:- Maria Hoepels (wife of Andries Wendelboer), Agneta, Catharina and Maria Hoepels, The schoolmasters reports are received. They report that the work in the churches and schools is now on a better footing. The following requests for declaration of faith submitted by the schoolmaster of Gotta are approved:- Muhandiramge Salomon Rodrigo (bellale), Mangelage Joan Fernando (bellale), Bulathsingalage Benjamin Coere and his wife Dona Maacka (bellales), Lienege Dona Ursela (widow), Bulathsingalage Ursela Dias, Mohandirange Dona Apollonia, Bulathsingalage Adriana Dias, Gabriel Coerege Adriana Coere, Cancanige Dona Margaretha (all bellales of Cotta), and Don Louis Dias, Korala of Wewala. The schoolmasters are urged to give serious attention to their duties and discharged.

On 10th January 1738. The members submit favourable reports on their house visits etc., and in the absence of the President owing to illness, the service of Holy Communion on 12th January is administered by the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; Elder: D. Blankert; Deacon: J. Van Sanden, and Mr. Jacob Boon.

Extraordinary meeting on 8th January 1738 (page 57)

Absent: The Political Commissary, the Rev. G. Potken and Elder J.P. Koetsch.

The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius reports that in the absence of the Rev. Mr. Potken owing to ill health, this meeting is specially convened to consider and approve the draft report to the Directors Seventeen and the Classes in Holland prepared by the Rev. Mr. Saakens, and to conduct the examination of Mr. Hendrik Vroolijk. The report is read and approved, and signed for transmission to the Governor for despatch to Holland. Mr. Vroolijk is called in and examined in theology by the Rev. Mr. Saakens as decided at the meeting on 23 December last in the presence of the Revs. J.P. Wetzelius and P. Kalden. After careful examination; he is unanimously accepted as a fit and suitable person for appointment as Co-Rector of the Seminary; and it is decided to report to the Governor accordingly. The Rev. Mr. Saakens undertakes to prepare the draft report to Batavia.

Signed: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius (President and pro tem[pore] Scriba), the Rev. A. Saakens, the Rev. P. Kalden; Elder: D. Blankert; Deacon: J. van Sanden; and Mr. Jacob Boon.

Censura Morum of 28th March 1738 (page 57a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and Elder: J.P. Koetsch.

The President said that he had requested the Political Commissary to specially attend this meeting for the discussion on the draft report to Batavia prepared by the Scriba, which was read and approved and signed for despatch to the Governor for transmission to Batavia. Mr. Koetsch requests that his application for permission to proceed to Batavia be sent to the Governor for his approval. No complains are received re the congregation. 'Attestaties' from the following were tabled and respected:- Rudolf La Camu of Geneva, Thomasia Maria Bolwerk, Wilheimina Van Bilt and Rachel Pietersz. Arrangements were made for forthcoming house visits and ministrations at the Leper Asylum and the outposts. The schoolmasters being called in submit their reports, and requests for declaration of faith from the following are approved:- Don Pedro (Asst. Schoolmaster) and Don Salomon, both of the school at Agalawatta, Alexander Fernando (Colpetty. school); and after urging them to attend to their duties and obligations, they were discharged.

On 4th April 1738. The reports on the house visits etc. were tabled and accepted, and the service of Holy Communion was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Saakens.

Signed: The Rev. A. Saakens, the Rev. G. Potken, Deacon; J. Van Sanden; and Mr. Jacob Boon.

Censura Morum of 27th June 1738 (page 58a)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden; Elders: D. Blankert and J.P. Koetsch.

The President said that he had administered the Sacraments on his recent circuit in March at Cochin and in April at Tutucorin, and registered the names of those who were baptized and admitted to Church membership, and that he had appointed as Elder at Tutucorin Mr. Wouter Trek, the Chief of that place, and Mr. Hendrik Ankeman as Deacon. He also administered Holy Communion at Negombo and Kalutara and twice at Gotta. Mr. Bastiaen Bagilet, Chief and Ensign at Kalutara, acted as Elder there, and for the Sinhalese congregation, the Proponent Simon Perera and the Mudaliyar Manuel Perera. The Rev. Mr. Potken said that he had administered Holy Communion at the Leper Asylum on the 24th April assisted by the Elder Van Sanden, and registered the names of two new Church members there. In the Censura Morum there came up the case of Geertruida Reyniers, who had lived in adultery with the Military Lieutenant Fritz for several years and produced two children by him. It was decided to review her case after verification by house visit and report as to her conduct and behaviour. Requests from the following for declaration of faith were tabled and approved:- Catharina Jansz (wife of the boatman de Hoye) and Johanna Backer (wife of Mr. Betger). Arrangements were made for house visits in the Parish and for ministrations at the outposts of Hanwella, Negombo, Kalutara and Cotta. The schoolmasters are called in, and have nothing special to report. Requests for declaration of faith from the following are tabled and approved:- (at Panadura) Mutu-tantrige Gabriel Fernando, fisher; (at Wewala) Merinhoge Don Pedro Arachchi, bellale, and Liyenage Don Constantino, bellale; (at Baddugoda) Simon d'Andrado, Asst. Schoolmaster; (at Navagamuwa) Dulewattage Don Salomon, bellale. A request from Domingo Coere of Cotta, who had been under discipline for some time for fornication, for re-admission to Holy Communion, was allowed in view of the good reports on her present conduct and behaviour by reliable members and the schoolmasters.

On 6th July 1738. Mr. D. Blankert reports that the Rev. Mr. Potken had admitted to Holy Communion Geertruyda Reyniers for the reasons mentioned.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elder: J. Van Sanden; and Mr. J. Boon.

Extraordinary meeting of 20th August 1738 (page 59a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: D. Blankert and J.P. Koetsch.

The President tabled four letters: two from the Classis at Amsterdam dated 12th January and 10th December 1737; one from the Classis of S. Holland dated 2nd November 1737 (all containing Synodal Acts); and one from the Consistory at Galle dated 21st July 1738, signed by two elders and one deacon in the absence of the Rev. Mr. Weyerman, forwarding a request for a certificate of the baptism of Maria Sase, who is said to have been baptised in the Dutch Church here. The Scriba is directed to make a search for this. Discussed the replies to be sent to the two letters from Holland and to circulate the Synodal Acts to members. The 'Krankbezoeker' Johannes Collette from Amsterdam having arrived, presents his credentials which are respected with God's blessings on his ministry.

Signed: The Rev. G. Potken; Elder: J. Van Sanden; and Mr. Jacob Boon.

Censura Morum of 26th September 1738 (page 60)

Absent: The Revs. A. Saakens and P. Kalden; Elders: D. Blankert and J.P. Koetsch.

The Rev. Mr. Potken says he had made a search as requested for the baptism registration of Maria Sase, but it is not recorded in the register at Colombo. He also reports that services of Holy Communion were held at Kalutara, Cotta and Negombo. No complains re the congregation are received for Censura Morum. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits in the Colombo parish and at the Leper Asylum, and for ministrations at the outposts of Negombo, Cotta and Kalutara. Requests for declaration of faith from the following are tabled and approved:- Johannes Nicolaas Marquat, Pieter de Nek, Alexander Beerenchraat, Balthasar Jacobus Van Lier, Geertruyda Gerritsz, Zara Catharina Schot and Sophia Risser, The schoolmasters are called in and submit favourable reports on their work. The Cotta schoolmaster submits a request for declaration of faith from Liyenage Don Jebel, which is allowed. The 'Krankbezoeker' Sebastian Van Lingen, recently arrived from Amsterdam on the ship 'Kerssenhoff' presents his credentials, which are respected with God's blessings on his work.

Signed: The Rev. G. Potken and J.P. Wetzelius; Elder J. Van Sanden; and Mr. Jacob Boon.

Extraordinary meeting of 6th October 1738 (page 60a)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, P. Kalden; Elder: D. Blankert.

The President tabled two letters received from the Church at Batavia: one dated 9th June 1738, containing church news of events there during the past year and extracts re the combination of both Sacraments; and the other dated 28th July 1738, appointing the Rev. Mr. Fabricius, recently arrived from Batavia, to succeed the Rev. Mr. Weyerman at Galle. He is issued a letter of appointment accordingly. The 'Krankbezoeker' Willem Langeraad, who came out on the ship 'Berkenrode', presents his credentials, which are respected, and he is accorded God's blessing on his ministry.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, J.P. Wetzelius; and Mr. J. Boon.

Extraordinary meeting of 13th October 1738 (page 61)

Absent: Elders: J.P. Koetsch and J. Van Sanden.

The President tables a letter from the Galle Church dated 10th October 1738, forwarding an extract or a decision received by them from the Classis at Amsterdam regarding the recent differences between the Rev. Mr. Weyerman and the members of the Consistory, and containing the following requests:-

1. That the decision be referred to the Governor for his orders thereon: this is agreed to.

2. Enquiring what reply they should send to the Classis at Amsterdam. It was decided that they merely reply that their decision has been given effect to, and that peace and harmony has since been restored between the bretheren at Galle, together with a true and correct account of the affairs of the Church there.

3. Enquiring whether a copy of this decision should be sent to the Consistory at Batavia for the information of the Rev. Mr. Marinus. It was decided to reply that this is a matter for the discretion of the Galle Consistory.

The Scriba is directed to reply accordingly, and to request them to forward their annual Church report early for transmission to Holland. After nomination of the double number of 4 names, the following are elected, subject to the Governor's approval, to serve as Deacons, to fill the vacancies caused by the death (over a year ago) of Andries Thomas and the resignation of Jacob Boon:- viz: The Onderkoopman and Cassier Jaques Roket, and the Bookkeeper and 2nd Auditor Job de Kretser.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; Elder: D. Blankert; and Deacon Jacob Boon.

Extraordinary meeting of 18th November 1738 (page 62)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, P. Kalden; Beacon: Jacob Boon.

Tabled two letters: one from the Galle Church dated 13th November, and the other from the Jaffna Church dated 27th October, both containing the annual reports on their respective churches and schools. The Rev. Mr. Saakens reported that he had baptised several Dutch children during his circuit to the outposts: the names and details of these baptisms will be sent to the Scriba for registration.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden.

Extraordinary meeting of 27th November 1738 (page 62a)

Absent: The Revs. A. Saakens, P. Kalden; Elders: J.P. Koetsch and J. Van Sanden.

The annual reports to the Directors of the East India Company and the several Classes in Holland are read and unanimously approved, and signed by the President, the Scriba and the Elder Blankert, and sealed to be sent to the Governor for transmission by the next sea-mail.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elder: D. Blankert; and Deacon: Jacob Boon.

Extraordinary meeting of 1st December 1738 (page 63)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden; Elder: J.P. Koetsch; Deacon: Jacob Boon.

Tabled a letter from Batavia containing correspondence from the Classis of S. Holland dated 10th December 1737 in answer to ours of 20th Decr. 1736, along with the Synodal Acts of S. Holland held at Den Briel. As the annual Church reports had already been dispatched, it was decided to postpone replying to this letter till next year. Tabled also an extract of a Political Council resolution of October, approving of the election of the two new Deacons Jaques Roket and Job de Kretser: the announcements to commence from next Sunday.

Signed: The Revs. Potken, Wetzelius, Saakens; Elders: Blankert and V. Sanden.

Censura Morum of 2nd January 1739 (page 63a)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden and Elder: J.P. Koetsch.

The announcements re the two newly appointed deacons having been made on three successive Sundays, the two outgoing deacons are called in by the Sexton and discharged with the blessings of the bretheren. Deacon Jacob Boon is thanked for his services both in the Consistory and in the Poor House. Thereafter the two newly elected deacons: Willem Van Veen and P. Prick are installed in office. The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius reports that he administered Holy Communion at Cotta and Negombo. The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius takes over as President and the Rev. A. Saakens as Scriba. No reports are received re the congregation for the Censura Morum. Three requests for declaration of faith from the following are approved:-Anna Maria Bok, Abigail Flok and Frederick Bodyn. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and ministrations at the Leper Asylum and the outposts of Cotta, Negombo and Kalutara. The schoolmasters' reports are received and they are encouraged in their work and discharged. The following requests for declaration of faith are allowed: (At Cotta) Abraham Babraal and Domingo Dias; (At Mahapitigama) Don Manuel and Salomon Silva; (At Dandugamuwa) Don Migiel; (At Milagiriya) Paulintja Saram.

On 9th January 1739. The reports on the house visits and circuits are received.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden; Deacons: W. Van Veen and Pieter Prick.

Censura morum of 20th March 1739 (page 64)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden; Elder: J.P. Koetsch and Deacon: W. Van Venn.

Tabled a letter dated 4th February from the 'Krankbezoeker' Jacob Van Zoelen from Galle requesting his Church 'attestatie'. The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius said that Mr. Van Zoelen had often asked him for an 'attestatie', but that he was unable to accede to his request as he had clandestinely slandered him (Mr. Wetzelius), not only orally but also in writing, at a certain meeting, as is evident from the extract of a Political Council resolution of 8th October 1737 (produced). After discussion it is decided to withhold giving him an 'attestatie' unless and until he apologises to the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius and conducts himself satisfactorily in the future, and to inform the Church at Batavia of the reasons why he may not possess an 'attestatie' when he arrives there. The Pastors' circuit reports on their work are received. The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius hands over to the Rev. Mr. Saakens as President, and the Rev. Mr. Saakens hands over to the Rev. Mr. Potken as Scriba. 'Attestaties' from the following are tabled and respected:- Lucretia Taispil, Susanna Loesa Van Vliet, Jan Hendrick Van Vliet. A request for declaration of faith from Hermanus de Ridder is tabled and allowed. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the outposts of Kalutara, Negombo and Cotta. The schoolmasters are called in and present their reports. The following requests for declaration of faith are tabled and allowed:- Michiel Ondaatje (of the Cith School), and Daniel Perera (Fisher) and Adriaan Fonseka of Wadduwa.

Signed: The Rev.s A. Saakens, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elder: D. Blankert and Deacons: J. Van Sanden and P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 25th March 1739 (page 65)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, P. Kalden; Elder: J.P. Koetsch and Deacon W. Van Veen.

The annual report to Batavia prepared by the Rev. Mr. Potken as Scriba is read, approved and signed and handed over to the Political Commissary to be sent to the Governor for transmission to Batavia.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden and Deacon: P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 14th May 1739 (page 65a)

Absent: The Rev. P. Kalden; Elders: J.P. Koetsch and J. Van Sanden; Deacons: W. Van Veen and P. Prick.

Tabled an extract of a Political Council resolution of 22nd April 1739 (Incorporated in full in these minutes). The resolution refers to the good progress already made by the Sinhalese Press in the printing of the of St. Matthew's gospel and the hopes of having that of St. Mark by the end of May, and that of St. Luke by the end of August, according to the translation of the late Rev. Mr. Koyn, as revised in 1711 by the Revs. N. Rimersma, Gs. Doude and Petrus Sinjeu, with the assistance of seven Interpreters.

(n.b. Their reports to the Governor on their revision dated 28.7.1711 is incorporated in these minutes).

And the Consistory is urged to give their early and earnest attention to the work of completing the revision of the translation of the Gospels: of St. John and the Acts of the Apostles (only the first two chapters of the latter having since been translated) with a view to making God's Word available to the Sinhalese inhabitants in the Island. The Consistory having considered this resolution of the Political Council, approves of the publication of the revised versions of the first three Gospels for use in the schools; and, as regards the revision of the translations of St. John and the first two chapters of the Acts of the Apostles, it is decided to delegate for this work the Revs. Messrs. Saakens and Wetzelius and the Elders, assisted by the Gate Mudaliyar Louis de Saram, the two Sinhalese proponents and other capable Interpreters; and as it will take much time to go through all the chapters verse by verse and word by word, it is resolved that the work should proceed on the same lines as the revision of the first three gospels, viz: to select certain chapters which were not quite satisfactory, and the following are selected:- St. John's Gospel: Chapters 1, 3, 8, 18 and 21, and the 1st chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, leaving it to the discretion of the revisors to take up verses here and there out of the other Chapters. The Pastors' reports on their visits and circuits are received, and the names of those who were admitted to Church membership and baptised at the outposts are tabled for registration.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius and Elder D. Blankert.

Extraordinary meeting of 28th August 1739 (page 68a)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, P. Kalden; Elder: J. Van Sanden and Deacon: Win. Van Veen.

Tabled a letter from the Classis at Amsterdam dated 22nd September 1738, which is to be noted for consideration. The Pastors' reports on the work are tabled. The Rev. Mr. Potken has held Holy Communion services on 28th June at Calpetty and on 26th July at Tutucorin. He tables a list of the existing Church members at these outposts, and six registers of baptisms of children in the Tamil school and the Dutch Church at Calpetty.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elder: D. Blankert; Deacon: P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 16th September 1739 (page 69)

Absent: The Rev. G. Potken and Elder: J.P. Koetsch.

The meeting is convened to consider three applications for the vacant posts of schoolmaster at Jaffna and 'Krankbezoeker' at Hanwella, who were summoned by the Sexton to attend, of whom only two are present, viz: Leendert Koomen, Rifleman at this place, and Lueovicus Gabriel Capelaan, writer at Delft. They are called in and examined in singing, writing and reading and in doctrine, and on being found satisfactory, they are unanimously selected for recommendation to the Governor, the former for appointment as 'Krankbezoeker' at Hanwella, and the latter as Schoolmaster at Jaffna, on the express condition that they first declare their profession of faith.

The report on the revision of the Sinhalese translation of St. John's Gospel, signed by the Revs. Messrs Saakens and Wetzelius and the Elders Messrs. Blankert and Van Sanden, is read, for submission to the Governor in terms of the resolutions of the 14th May. The Pastors' reports on their circuits to the outposts of Negombo, Cotta and Kalutara are received. The consideration of the requests from two present Elders and two present Deacons to be released on the expiry of their periods of office, is postponed for consideration at a future meeting in view of the incomplete attendance at this meeting.

Signed: The Rev. A. Saakens, J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden; Deacons: W. Van Veen and P. Prick.

Censura Morum of 27th September 1739 (page 69a)

Absent: The Rev. G. Potken.

The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius takes over as President and Rev. A. Saakens as Scriba. No reports are received for the Censura Morum. The following requests for declaration of faith are tabled and approved:- Berhhardus Frederiks, Jacoba Gerrisen, Catharina Elizabeth Dormieux, Elizabeth Borst, Anna Maria Brenhouwer. An 'attestatie' from G. Blom was presented and accepted. Requests from the following persons too for declaration of faith were tabled and approved:- Abraham Sammalant, Pieter (Hoffe), Elizabeth Wilhelmina Driemont, Anna Maria Driemont. Arrangements were made for forthcoming house visits in the Parish and for the ministrations at the outposts of Cotta, Negombo and Kalutara. The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius reports the grant of attestaties to Geertruida Brengman (wife of the Commandeur of Galle) and Mr. Schokman and his wife. The 'Krankbezoeker' Hendrik Robberts produces his credentials, which are respected, and he is discharged with the blessings of the bretheren on his ministry. A request from Wilhelmus (Ginke) that an adoptee of his mother-in-law named Adriana, be admitted to Christian fellowship was referred to the Scriba for report after examination in doctrine. The Schoolmasters' reports are received, and a request for declaration of faith from Matthys Pieris. Vidana of Kelaniya, is tabled and allowed.

On 2nd and 4th October; the reports on house visits and pastoral circuits are made and accepted.

Signed: J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden; Deacons: W. Van Veen and P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 17th November 1739 (page 70)

Absent: Elder: J.P. Koetsch and Deacon: P. Prick.

Tabled the annual report received from the Jaffna Church Consistory which was read and recorded. The Secretary to the Political Council (Mr. Van der Sleede) makes certain queries regarding the Tamil Antonis who has been absent for some time, which was not found to have been on record. He also preferred the following remonstrance on behalf of the Governor concerning the Seminary and its students (a copy of which is incorporated in these minutes), recommending certain proposals for improvement in the method of the instruction imparted to the 24 students there, especially the encouragement of the study of Sinhalese and Tamil Proponent Jan by students of mixed descent, in the interests of the progress of Christianity in Ceylon; the holding of monthly (instead of yearly) examinations in future; and the proposal to send out two qualified students for further Theological studies at Leyden at the Company's expense, in view of the difficulties experienced in getting out the services of Predikants from Holland, with a view to appointing them as Proponents in the local Churches with the prospect of promotion to the office of Predikant after due experience in their sphere of work. The Kostsr hands in a request from the Co-Rector of the Seminary (Hendrik Vrolijk) for an 'attestatie' regarding his services here in view of his impending departure, which is readily granted. The Rev. Mr. Potken tables the baptism registrations of 16 children whom he had baptised during his circuits.

Signed: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; and G. Potken; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden; and Deacon: W. Van Veen.

Extraordinary meeting of 1st December 1739 (page 72a)

Absent: Elder: J.P. Koetsch.

The President tables the report to Holland, which is read and approved, and signed for despatch to the Governor for transmission.

Signed: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden; and Deacon: W. Van Veen.

Censura Morum of 18th December 1739 (page 73)

Absent: The Rev. G. Potken.

The President tables a letter from the Classis of Amsterdam dated 10th December 1738 containing the Synodal. Acts of N. Holland from 9th July to 7th August that year. Proceeding to the Censura Morum: the Deacon Mr. Prick reports the misconduct of Catharina de Wijs, widow of Willem Willemsz. It was resolved to deal with her case after visiting her at her home and report. Requests for declaration of faith from the following are tabled and approved:- Anna Maria van den Berg, Catharina de Maar, Johanna Geertruida Ligtvelt, Anna Elizabeth Bouwerzak, Isabella Perera (widow of Cpl. Hendrik Visser), Justina Kriekenbeek, Frederick Ebersteyn. Two 'attestaties' in respect of the following are tabled and accepted: -Christiaan Sarang and Jacob Van der Sleyden. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and ministrations at the outposts of Cotta, Negombo and Kalutara. The Schoolmasters table their reports, and requests for declaration of faith from the following are tabled and approved:- (At Cotta) Don Domingo, Constantina Dias and Bastian Dias; (At the Tamil school in the City) Abraham de Costa, chetty.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens. J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden; Deacons: W. Van Veen and P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 12th January 1740 (page 74)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elder: D. Blankert; Deacon: W. Van Veen.

The President tables the following documents received by him:-

1. A letter from the Predikants at the Cape (The Revs. Le Sueur and Cok) referring to two persons belonging to the Society so-called 'Hernhutters', who have come over here from Holland with the view (so they say) to administer to the heathens and requesting help and assistance therefor. Having had no intimation whatsoever on the subject from the Church in Holland, it is decided to make enquiries regarding this matter from the Governor.

2. Two extracts of Political Council resolutions dated 21st November 1739 and 9th January 1740 (Copies of which are incorporated in these minutes). The former relates to the respective duties to be performed by the Rev. J.P. Wetzelius in the Seminary and the Church Consistory: the President said that no further action need be taken on this as it was daily found that nothing further can be done than what is being done at present. As regards the latter, recommending the use of the services of the Rev. Mr. Cramer from Jaffna for the important task of revising the existing Tamil translations of the New Testament for the Press, it was unanimously decided to appoint him for this work, under the supervision of two members of this Consistory, with the assistance of two Tamil proponents and other competent Interpreters, on the same lines as the revision of the Sinhalese translations of St. John's gospel by the late Rev. Mr. Konyn. Jan Aalders and Warnar Stul, recently arrived from Holland as "Siekentroosters" present their credentials, which are respected. The former having qualified in Theology in Holland, requests permission to proceed to Batavia to pursue his further studies there: it is decided to refer his request to the Governor.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Deacons: J. Van Sanden and P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 15th February 1740 (page 78)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The President and Scriba report that they enquired of the Governor regarding the two so-called 'Hernhutters' referred to in the previous minute, and had a reply that they were merely two voyagers who had arrived here merely to do business and no more.

The President tabled two letters dated l8th November 1739: one from the Council Council at Batavia and the other from the Classes of Delft, Delfsland and Schieland dated 22 January 1739, containing the Synodal Acts of S. Holland. Regarding the request from the 'Krankbezoeker' Mr. Van Zoelen for an attestatie, the President reported that his request had been refused by the Governor, and that in order to avoid any further discussion he be recommended to Batavia as a good teacher with no comment on his conduct and work, and thus finally dispose of the differences between him and the President. The President reported that he had administered Holy Communion at the Leper Asylum, and that the 'Voorlezer' of the Portuguese community here (Mr. Peiris) having died, he had summoned the following persons who had applied for the vacancy, viz: Hendrik Vrom, Bartholomeus Colaas, Augustinus Rezel, Frans Nonis and Jan de Costa. Having examined them, it was decided to recommend to the Governor the appointment of the firstnamed to fill the vacancy, and also the lastnamed for an increment in his wages as schoolmaster of the Tamil school in the Pettah.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden: Deacons: W. Van Veen and P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 8th March 1740 (page 79)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elder: J. Van Sanden; Deacon: W. Van Veen.

The President reports the Governor's approval of the appointment of Hendrik Vroom as Portuguese 'Voorlezer' and the increase of salary to the schoolmaster of the Tamil School in the Pettah. The reply to the last letter from the Church Council at Batavia is tabled, read and approved, and signed for despatch through the Governor. The Scriba tables the 'attestatie' to be given to Mr. Van Imhoff and his wife prior to their departure for Batavia, which are approved and signed.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potkenj Elder: D. Blankert; Deacon:P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 28th March 1740 (page 79a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and Elder: D. Blankert.

The President, having tabled a letter from the Governor enquiring about the progress of the work on the Tamil translation of St. Matthew for the Press, the Deacons Messrs Prick and Van Veen (as commissioners for that work) report that the revisors have perused the translation of De Mey Baldaeus, and compared them with those of the Danish missionaries at Tran-quebar, and the Rev. Mr. Cramer has done the same with the original Greek text, and that in their opinion, the work is making good progress. The native Interpreters who assist the Rev. Mr. Cramer in this work, viz:- Simon de Melho (interpreter of the Governor's Gate), Jan Anthonisz, Philip Emmanuelsz, Jan Rodrigo and Anthony Morais, having also been summoned in this connection, report that the work has proceeded on the above lines in order to get the best translation ready for the Press for the use of the Tamil community. It is decided to report to the Governor accordingly, and, in order to ensure the due completion of the work, to request the Rev. Mr. Cramer, under whose supervision the work had so far made such satisfactory progress, to do his best to complete it for the Press prior to his departure for Jaffna.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elders: J. Van Sanden; Deacons: W. Van Veen and P. Prick.

Censura Morum of 8th April 1740 (page 80a)

Absent: The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius.

No reports re the congregation are received for the Censura Morum except the case of Catharina Wijs. It was decided that she be further admonished at the forthcoming house visits, and if found unsatisfactory, that she be summoned to appear before the congregation at a service. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and ministrations at the outposts. The schoolmasters' reports are received, and the following requests for declaration of faith are approved:- (At Cotta) Maria Coerre; At Mlagiriya: Don Domingo; At Slave Island: Paulo Rodrigo; At Cotta: Christovo Fernando; and the schoolmasters are encouraged in their duties and discharged. A request from the Proponent Jan Anthonisz for re-instatement in office after his long period of absence is tabled. In view of his several previous lapses, it is allowed conditionally on probation and his promise of more serious and zealous attention to his duties.

The Rev. Mr. Potken reports on the case of Miss Koster. She is condition- ally admitted to the Lord's Table. The Rev. Mr. Saakens reports the result of his house visit to Catharina de Wijs. She is re-admitted to fellowship at the Lord's Table on a promise of good conduct and behaviour in the future. Three soldiers who had either forgotten or lost their attestaties were admitted to membership provided their made their declaration of faith at the next service of Holy Communion, viz: Christiaen Nagtegaal of Swanenburg, Willem van den Brink of Galle, and Johan David Smalts of Amsterdam.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden; Deacons: W. Van Veen and P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 8th June 1740 (page 81)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and W. Van Veen.

The President says that the meeting is specially convened to consider what steps should be taken in the interests of God's work here to prevent the dangerous situation caused by the recent meetings in the houses of individuals conducted in the presence of the two recently-arrived travellers belonging to the community called the 'Hernhutters' who, according to the Synodal Acts of S. Holland and a letter from the Church at Amsterdam, have caused much commotion and trouble in Europe. And considering that two 'Voorlezers' had been known to have taken an active part in these meetings, chiefly Mr. A.Portous, the meeting considered it desirable that the Governor be requested to take action to inderdict these persons from these activities so long as they did not conform to our doctrines of faith, and to summon the 'Voorlezer' Portous before the meeting for interrogation. He is accordingly summoned and questioned in detail, and he admits that he not only attended the meetings conducted by the 'Hernhutters', but also assisted them by providing them with lodging at his house. He gives the names of the two persons as: David Nitsman and the other as one Mr. Eller (his first name being not known to him). The meeting finds him guilty and feels that he should not be allowed to continue in office so long as he continues to disobey the orders of the Church and the authorities etc.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden; Deacon: P. Prick.

Censura Morum of 24th June 1740 (page 82a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The minutes of the previous meeting of 8th June having been signed, the President asks of the Deacon Van Veen (who was absent at that meeting) whether he agrees with the decisions taken at the meeting. He answers in the affirmative. The President says that he reported these decisions orally to the Governor, who had asked him to submit a report in writing for the consideration of the Political Council. A report, prepared accordingly by the Scriba, which was circulated to members and approved, was signed for despatch to the Governor. (The report is incorporated in full in these minutes).

Annexe. The annexe contains a very interesting account of the detailed interrogation of Mr. Portous and his persistent and stubborn conviction that he saw nothing wrong in attending and participating in the meetings conducted by the two 'hernhutters' as their preaching and doctrines were in accordance with the Word of God, and he definitely refused to comply with the admonition of the Consistory to refrain from pursuing these (p. 87a) activities. The President also reported that the Governor had informed him that the Political Council had decided to send Mr. Portous to Batavia in conformity with the decisions in the pending report by the Church Council, and that temporary arrangements be made meanwhile for the duties of his office, and that he had accordingly appointed the 'Voorlezer' Mr. Erfzon to attend to the ministrations in the Church and the Hospital, and the schoolmaster Frans Schoorman to the duties in the 'siekenhuis' (infirmary). The President also said that Mr. Portous had renewed his request for a Church 'attestatie' in view of his impending departure for Batavia: it was decided to send a detailed report to Batavia regarding the facts of his case.

Hereupon, the President handed over the duties of President to the Rev. Mr. Saakens and the meeting proceeded to the Censura Morum, when the following cases came up for consideration:-

1. Catharina de Wijs: As she had not kept her undertaking to live decently, it was decided to pay her another house-visit.

2. The same decision was made in the case of the widow Otmar, which came up for disciplinary action.

3. The following persons were reported to have been warned and admonished at the house visits in regard to their participation in the meetings conducted by the 'hernhutters', viz:- Mr. and Mrs. Engelbert de Moor, Mr. and Mrs. Portje, the widow Mrs. Harkenburg and the Asst. Pieter Nosser. The Rev. Potken says that, the 'Voorlezer' Mr. Erfzon has so far shown good promise in his work, but thinks it desirable that he be present at the pre-session devotions of the next meeting of the Consistory: which is approved. The following requests for declaration of faith are approved viz:- Johannes Engelbert, Johanna Isabella Fockens, Jan Jansz Wijnroos, Jan Swankert and Hans Barendsz. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the outposts of Negombo, Kalutara and Gotta. The schoolmasters' reports are received, and requests for declaration of faith from the following native members of the congregation are approved:- Anna Coere (Cotta), Geomara Fernando, wife of Michiel Gomes (Colpetty); Adriaen Pieris, Asst. Schoolmaster (Panadura); Coedatelge Simon Pieris (Panadura). The report of the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius on his circuit to Kalutara, which was handed in by the Coster in the former's absence, is tabled and incorporated in these minutes.

Friday, 1st July 1740.

(Absent: The Rev. A. Saakens - indisposed). The pastors' reports re house visits etc. are received. Requests for declaration of faith from the following soldiers are provisionally approved:- Hendrik Hemelrijk (of Delft), Pieter de Beyr, Frederik Boesche and Johan Fransz (all three from Hoorn), on condition of confirmation at the next service of Holy Communion. Mr. Blankert reports that Catharina de Wijs was not at home at the time of his house visit, and that the widow Mrs. Otmar had stated that she was innocent of the complaints made against her.

The Rev. Mr. Potken said that he had seen the persons concerned regarding their participation in the meetings of the 'Hernhutters' and that all of them, except Pieter Nosser, had consented not to participate in these meetings in the future. It was decided to excommunicate him till such time as he shows more obedience to Church discipline, and that the 'Voorlezer' Mr. Erfzon too should openly declare that he would refrain from participating in these meetings in future.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, J.P. Wetzelius, Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden; Deacons: W. Van Veen and P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 19th July 1740 (page 89a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The President tables an extract of a Political Council resolution of 20th June 1740 regarding the case of the 'Voorlezer' Portous (Text incorporated in these minutes). Meanwhile, a request from Deacon Mr. Roket (who was waiting outside) to be released from his Deaconship on the expiry of his period of office is allowed. Reverting to the case of Mr. Portous, the President tabled the letter to be sent to Batavia in accordance with the decision of the Political Council, which was read and approved, and signed for despatch through the Governor. The meeting then proceeded to make nominations for filling the vacancies caused by the following outgoing members: Dirk Blankert, Johannes Van Sanden, the late Jacob Gabriel Koetsch (Elders) and Willem Van der Veen, Pieter Prik and Jacobus Roket (Deacons). The following twofold list of names was proposed:- Arnoud de Lopes, Regnerus Cronenburg, Johannes Engelbert, Jacobus Roket, Magnus Schot and Pieter Loos (for the office of Elder); and Jan Volkert Franchimond, Abraham Samland, Hermanus Van Bern, Engel-bert de Moor, Dominicus Danielsz and Abraham Nortje (for the office of Deacon). Out of these, the following are elected:- subject to the Governor's approval, viz:- As Elders: Arnoud de Lopes, Jacobus Roket and Magnus Schot; and as Deacons: Jan Van Franchimond, Abraham Samland and Hermanus Van Bern. It was also decided meanwhile to co-opt the first-named Deacon and the co-Deacon Mr. de Kretser to attend future Consistory meetings. The Rev. Mr. Potken reports that he held a service of Holy Communion at the Leper Asylum on the 5th July 1740.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Van Sanden; Deacons: W. Van Veen and P. Prick.

Extraordinary meeting of 16th August 1740 (page 91)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The President said that this meeting was specially convened to thank the outgoing members for their services and to welcome and, induct the new members of the Consistory, which having been done, the meeting terminated with thanksgiving to God.

Signed: The Revs. Saakens, G. Potken; Elders: A. de Lopes, J. Rocket and M. Schott; Deacons: J de Kretser and J. Franchimond.

Extraordinary meeting of 22nd August 1740 (page 91a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and Elder M. Schot.

The President tabled the following documents:-

1. A letter dated 29th December 1739 from the Classis of Amsterdam containing the synodal acts of N. Holland held at Edam, to be circulated to members; and

2. An extract of a Political Council resolution dated 23rd June 1740 (? should be July) approving the appointment of the newly-elected elders and deacons. The 'Krankbezoeker' Johannes Pasingni arrives and presents his credentials, which are respected.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elders: A. de Lopes, J. Roket; Deacons: J. de Kretser and J. Franchimond.

Extraordinary meeting of 13th September 1740 (page 92)

Absent: The Political Commissary and the Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The President tabled a letter from the Classis of Delft dated 15th October 1739 containing the synodal acts of S. Holland at Woerden, and requesting copies of the Sinhalese versions of the Bible. It was decided to send them copies of the four Gospels which have so far been completed. Regarding the two 'hernhutters', whose request to be allowed to repatriate was allowed by the Political Council, it was decided to request the Governor to order that they be meanwhile directed to leave for Galle by the next ship, in order to avoid any further trouble from their adherents here.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elders: A. de Lopes and M. Schott; and Deacon: J. de Kretser.

Censura Morum of 23rd September 1740 (page 92a)

Absent: Elder J. Roket and Deacon J. Franchimond.

The President mentioned that the request made to the Political Council re the two 'hernhutters' has been approved. Messrs Potken and Saakens take over the offices of President and Scriba respectively. Passing on to the Censura Morum: no further complaints against the congregation are received A request from Misses Donar Gravee and Adriana (Fames) to be admitted to Holy Communion although they had no 'attestaties' was considered. They were asked to make public declaration of their faith and to obtain their 'attestaties'. Requests for declaration of Faith from the following were approved, viz:- Maria de Almeda, Barent Kriekenbeek, Mohandiram Frans Gomes, Gimara Samoeta, Jacob Verlaat, Hester Samlant and Catharina Scherm. Attestaties from the following soldiers were presented and accepted:- Fernand Creitsman, Ensign Martin Reinen and his wife (Rebecca Schot). Arrangements were made for forthcoming house visits and ministrations at the Leper Asylum and the outposts of Negombo, Kalutara and Cotta. The schoolmasters' reports are received, and a request for declaration of faith from Philippe Pieris of Panadura is allowed. Discussed the details to be mentioned in the annual reports to be sent to Holland and Batavia and the Classes in Holland, and it was decided to make special mention of the trouble caused by the arrival here of the two members of the 'Hernhutter' community, and to request that great care be taken in future to see that no such persons are allowed to come over. It was also decided to send one copy of the printed Sinhalese versions of the Gospels to each place. The reports on the house visits are received, and an 'attestatie' from Frederik Getze was accepted.

Signed: The Revs G. Potken; Elders: A. de Lopes and J. de Kretser. (The Rev. A. Saakens has not signed he probably left the meeting earlier).

Extraordinary meeting of 18th October 1740 (page 93a)

Absent: Elder: J. Roket and Deacon: J. Franchimond.

The President tabled an extract of a Political resolution of 12th October 1740 (Incorporated in these minutes). The extract refers to the suggestions made by the Governor Gustaaf Willem Van Imhoff in his memoir for his successor Willem Maurits Bruyninck, regarding the furtherance of the work of printing copies of further Tamil translations of the Gospels (that of St. Matthew being already in the Press), and of the Sinhalese versions of the 5 Catechisms, the Ten Commandments and the 12 Articles of Faith, for use in the native Churches and schools. (A copy of the memoir extract is incorporated in these minutes). The Political Council in their resolution refer these suggestions for the opinions and report of the Consistory. This was discussed, and the terms of the report to be sent to the Governor were decided by a majority vote. A personal report, which was signed by the Rev. J.P. Wetzelius dated 25th October 1740 is also incorporated in full in these minutes of the meeting of 8th November 1740 - see pages 99-109. There were differences of opinion in regard to the nature and extent and the method of revision to be done before printing, and the Elder Van Sanden dissented from the opinions of the majority.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: A. de Lopes and M. Schott.

Extraordinary meeting of 8th November 1740 (page 95a)

n.b. The date in the text is erroneously recorded as '8th October'.

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius, Elder: J. Roket and Deacon J. Franchimond.

The Political Commissary tables an extract of a Political Council resolution of 29th October, with its annexe (being the opinions expressed by the Rev. J.P. Wetzelius dated 25th October regarding the revision and printing of the known 5 Sinhalese Catechisms for the country schools and churches, and whether they should first be revised, and whether the revision of the Tamil translations of the gospels of St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John by the native proponents and capable interpreters since the death of the Rev. Mr. Cramer should be proceeded with or not, according to the previous Political Council resolution of 12th October 1740. (These annexes are incorporated in full in these minutes - see pages 96-109). The request of the Governor in Council for further consideration of these matters and report is discussed, and the terms of the reply to be sent are decided.

(n.b. The page is partially damaged by corrosion, and the text is not quite legible). The Rev. J. P. Smith arrives from Batavia and presents his credentials, which are respected.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, J.P. Smith; Elders: A. de Lopes, M. Schott and J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary meeting of 22nd November 1740 (page 110a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and Elder: M. Schott.

The meeting is specially convened to read and approve of the annual reports to Holland and Batavia, which are subsequently signed for dispatch through the Governor.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, J.P. Smith; Elders: A. de Lopes, J. de Kretser; and Deacon: J. Franchimond.

Censura Morum of 30th December 1740 (page 111)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; Elder: J. Roket.

The President (Rev. Mr. Potken) acts as Scriba too in the absence of the Rev. A. Saakens. Ho complaints are received regarding the congregation. An 'attestatie' presented by Hendrick Pont is accepted. Requests from the following for declaration of faith are approved:- Warner Berghuys, Godfrid Hendrick Eberstein, Johannes Toussaint, Hardwick Bont, Geertruyda Augustyns, Johannes Abrahams and Regina, Lourensz. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the outposts of Hanwella, Negombo, Kalutara and Gotta. The schoolmasters' reports are received, and applications for declaration of faith from the following members of the native congregation are approved:- Gamhettige Don Domingo, Pusaduwage Simon Dias (both of Cotta) and Surawira-arachchige Don Christovo (of Kelaniya).

Signed: The Rev. G. Potken; Elders: A. de Lopes, M. Schott and J. de Kretser; Deacon: J. Franchimond.

Extraordinary meeting of 22nd February 1741 (page 111a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The President tabled 3 extracts (all incorporated in these minutes), one being a letter from the Governor at Batavia dated 2nd October 1740, the second from the Church Council at Batavia dated 18th July 1740; and the third being a copy of a Political Council resolution of 19th February 1741: all regarding the former Roman Catholic priest named Emmanuel d'Aguiar, who had joined the Reformed Church and come over from Bengal for work here. It was decided to defer consideration of this matter for the next meeting in view of the absence of the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius owing to illhealth.

Signed: The Rev. G. Potken; Elders: A. de Lopes, M. Schott, J. de Kretser; Deacon: J. Franchimond.

Extraordinary meeting of 28th February 1741 (page 116)

Absent: nil. (Presentibus omnibus).

The President raises a point as to whether this Consistory has the power to examine and accept the former Roman Catholic priest Emmanuel d'Aguiar (referred to in the previous minutes) since there has hitherto been no precedent for such a procedure. After careful deliberation, it was decided to obtain a ruling on this in the first instance from the authorities at Batavia. It was also resolved to recommend to the Governor that the Rev. Mr. Fabricius from Galle be summoned to do the examination jointly with the bretheren here (if and when the permission of the authorities in Batavia and the Governor are received), and to decide where and in what manner the services of the Rev. Aguiar for God's work could best be employed, and to fix the date and other details for such examination, which is provisionally fixed to take place shortly after Easter. It was also resolved in the meantime to recommend him to the Governor for the grant of a subsidy or living allowance.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: A. de Lopes, M. Schott; and J. de Kretser; Deacon: J. Franchimond.

Censura Morum of 24th March 1741 (page 116a)

Absent: Elder J. Roket.

The duties of President and Scriba are mutually exchanged between the Revs. Potken and Saakens. No reports are received against the congregation. Six attestaties in respect of the following persons were tabled and accepted:- Johan Christoffel Nybert and his wife Hester Agatha Wouters, Johannes (Verhal) and his wife Johanna Catharina Zakens, Abraham de Bree, Jacob (Algergy). Requests for declaration of faith from the following were approved:- Abraham Pieris, Joan Joachim Sybrants, Pieter Emmanuel, Simon Silva, Philip Jeronimus, Pieter Abrahams, Magdalena Hendriks, Christina Ferdinando, Bonifacius Theodoras Koster, Joan Rodrigo. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and for the ministrations at the outposts of Kalutara, Negombo, Cotta and Hanwella. The schoolmasters' reports are received; and requests for declaration of faith from the following are allowed:- (At Wewala) Cornelis Aalvis, Don Joan Domingo Aalvis; (At Uduwara) Francisco Silva; (At Galkissa) Hendrick Perera; (At Hunupitiya) Francisco Tissera, Asst. Teacher.

The Pastors' report on house visits are received. The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius recommends that the services of Mr. Vaandrik (...) be employed as Elder at Kalutara in place of Mr. (Jan Sauer).

31st March 1741. The reports on house visits and circuits are received. The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius reports that he had allowed three soldiers who had arrived without 'attestaties' to partake of Holy Communion conditionally: viz: Claas Willemsz, Hendrik Hemelrijk and David Smalts.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elders: A. de Lopes, M. Schott and J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary meeting of 2nd April 1741 (page 117a)

Absent: nil.

The President tabled an extract of a Political Council resolution of 27th March 1741, on a request made by the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius, recommending that steps be taken by the Consistory to have the Sinhalese translations made by him of a certain booklet entitled 'A short extract of the doctrine of truth of God's salvation' (by the Rev. Mentes and Diersma etc. of Europe) revised by capable Sinhalese Interpreters under the supervision of two members of the Consistory. The Elder Mr. Schott and the Deacon Mr. Prick are appointed as Commissioners for this work.

The Rev. Mr. Fabricius having been summoned to attend as decided at the last meeting and being present, the preliminary examination of the former Roman Catholic priest (Emmanuel d'Aguiar) is proceeded with in the presence of the bretheren He answers the questions put to him regarding his former work and ministry etc in Bengal, and he produces certain testimonials in Latin. He also answers the questions put to him regarding the differences in the doctrines and tenets of the two respective creeds (i.e. the Roman Catholic and the Reformed Churches).

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, J.P. Wetzelius, A.W. Fabricius; Elders: A. de Lopes, M. Schott, J. de Kretser; Deacon: J. Franchimond.

Extraordinary meeting of 18th April 1741 (page 120a)

Absent: nil.

The Governor being present, and the chief business for the day, being the detailed examination of the former Roman Catholic Priest (Emmanuel Aguiar), is taken up. Mr. Aguiar first takes the pulpit and preaches a sermon on a given text. The Examiner Fabricius then proceeds to examine him in natural and supernatural theology and in the various tenets and doctrines of faith and the Scriptures generally (details of which are entered in these minutes). After this detailed examination, the Rev. Examiner asks the members whether they are satisfied with the questions asked and the answers given. They reply in the affirmative, and it is resolved to accept the Rev. Emmanuel d'Aguiar for service as a Predikant, and arrangements are made for his preaching plan etc, and also for the 'Krankbezoeker' Mr. Vroom to interpret his sermons in the Portuguese. The Rev. d'Aguiar is also asked to give his early attention to have the Heidelberg Catechism translated into Portuguese for the use of the Portuguese members of the congregation.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, J.P. Wetzelius, A.W. Fabricius; Elders: A. de Lopes, M. Schott and J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary meeting of 2nd June 1741 (page 121a)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius and Deacon J. Franchimond.

The President said that the meeting was specially convened to consider the annual report to Batavia which he had prepared, which was read and approved and signed for transmission through the Governor.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potkens, A. Saakens; Elders: A. de Lopes, M. Schott and J. de Kretser.

Censura morum of 22nd June 1741 (page 122)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and Deacon: J. Franchimond.

The Rev. Mr. Potken hands over the duties of President to the Rev. Mr. Saakens and takes over the duties of Scriba from him. Proceeding to the Censura Morum, one of the elders reported the case of Agneta Stuart, who, according to rumours, had taken to the Roman Catholic religion, wearing a 'Pater Noster' and a Rosary round her neck, and taking part with other Roman Catholics in their festivities at Negombo. It was decided to investigate her case at the forthcoming house visits prior to further action. The Rev. Mr. Saakens reports the case of the 'Krankbezoeker' and Master in the Seminary Johannes Collette, who is said to have made slanderous and mischievous utterances in his sermons against Mr. Frederick Jansz, the schoolmaster of the City, in the course of which he referred to the Rev. Mr. Saakens as 'a quack in his profession' etc., and also caused similar trouble on other occasions in the presence of others. On the suggestion of the Rev. Mr. Saakens, Messrs Collette and Jansz are both summoned and interrogated. Mr. Collette says he is not aware of having made such statements, and if it were so, he pleads that it may be a 'slip of the tongue'. He is then asked to leave and on being summoned again, he confesses his guilt and asks to be pardoned. He leaves the meeting again, and the meeting decides that he should make an open apology to the Consistory generally and to the Rev. Mr. Saakens in particular, and that then the matter be regarded as closed, especially in view of Mr. Collette's impending transfer to Batticaloa; which having been done, he is pardoned on his promise to conduct himself better in the future. Requests for declaration of faith from the following are approved, viz: Johannes Theodorus de Wilde, Roeland Galicam, Andries Chitseker, Johannes Van Geyzel, Maria Wiltshuys and Maria Botke. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the Leper Asylum and the outposts of Negombo, Kalutara, Cotta and Hanwella. The country schoolmasters are unable to attend the meeting owing to the floods.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, G. Potken; Elders: A. de Lopes and M. Schott; and Deacon J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary meeting of 20th September 1741 (page 123)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius and A. Saakens.

The President tabled a letter dated 27th December 1740 from the Classis at Amsterdam containing the synodal acts of N. Holland at Alkmaar, to be circulated to members.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken; Elders: A. de Lopes, M. Schott; Beacons: J. de Kretser and J. Franchimond.

Censura Morum of 22nd September 1741 (page 123a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and Elder: A. de Lopes.

The Pastors' reports are received. The Rev. Mr. Potken states that he had admitted several members and baptised several children on his ministrations at Calpetty and Tutucorin, and appointed Mr. Krekenmeyer to serve as Elder at Calpetty and Sgt. Kelderman and Mr. Molkenbeer to serve as Deacons at Tutucorin. The names of the new members and the persons baptised were handed over to the Scriba for registration. No reports against the congregation are received for Censuram Morum, except the report that it is rumoured that Mr. de Bever and his wife are inclined towards the Roman Catholic religion, and as they have not attended Church or Holy Communion services for some time, it was decided to see them about this at the forthcoming house visits. Arrangements were made for the forthcoming house visits in the Parish and for ministrations at the outposts of Cotta, Negombo and Kalutara. Requests for declaration of faith from the following were approved, viz: Johanna Jacoba Dormieux, Susanna Adriana Potken, Gabriel Willem Potken, Andries Van Nes, Sergeants Bartholomeusz Borst, Gerrit Meby, Johannes van den Bosch, Daniel Elluighuisen, Catherina Danielsz Van den Bosch, Aletta Kendelaar, Susanna de Ruiter, Johanna Maria Perera. Five country schoolmasters are present and furnish their reports.

Friday, 29th September 1741. The members present their reports on their house visits etc. The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius said that he had visited the home of Miss Agneta Stuart (referred to in the minutes of 22nd June), and that her mother said that her daughter was still at Negombo and knew nothing more about her. He also said that regarding the case of Mr. de Bever and his wife, he had spoken to them in their home, and they both pleaded innocence of the rumours against them. They also said that the reason why they could not attend Church services for some time was that they hadn't proper clothes to wear, but that they will do their best to attend the next service of Holy Communion. The soldier N. Pieters, recently arrived from Grawingen, who had forgotten to get his 'attestatie' requested admission to Holy Communion. His request is allowed on condition of his making his declaration of faith at the next service of Holy Communion.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elder: M. Schott; Deacons: J. de Kretser and J. Franchimond.

Extraordinary meeting of 31st October 1741 (page 124a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and Deacon: J. Franchimond.

The President said that this meeting was specially convened to consider a letter received through the newly-arrived Predikant, the Rev. Mr. Matthias Wermelskircher, who was welcomed and given his seat at the Session with God's blessing on his person and his ministry. The letters were opened and the contents were noted for further consideration. The President also tabled a letter from the Classis of Walcheren and Middelburg of 4th May 1740, to be answered in due course. The Rev. Mr. Saakens said he had received a letter from the Classis of Amsterdam, approving of his release for departure to Holland which was tabled and read: he added that it will not be possible for him to leave for another year. The President thanked him for his past service and wished him God's blessing for his continuance of his work here. The meeting then proceeded to the election of one new Elder and two new Deacons in view of Mr. Roket's impending departure for Batavia and the requests of the Deacons Messrs. de Kretser and Franchimond to be relieved of their duties, which was allowed. The following double nominations were accordingly made:- For the office of Elder: Messrs. D. Blankert and J. Verhal; and for the offices of Deacons: Messrs. Voortman, Prick, Danielsz and Van Veen; and from this double list of nominations, the following were elected:- Mr. J. Verhaal as Elder, and Messrs: Dominicus Danielsz and Willem van Veen as Deacons.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elders: A. de Lopes and K. Schott; and Deacon: Mr. J. de Kretser.

Extraordinary Meeting of 28th November 1741 (page 127)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The President said that the meeting was specially convened to consider two extracts handed in by the Political Commissaris, and also to introduce the newly-elected Elders and Deacons. The two extracts (consisting of a letter and an extract of the minutes of the Church Council at Batavia regarding the proposed Sinhalese and Tamil translations of the Gospels and the Catechisms etc., (which are annexed to these minutes - see pages 125-126) were filed of record. The retiring Elder and Deacons were then discharged with the thanks and blessings of the bretheren for their services to the Church in general and to the Consistory in particular. The new Elder and Deacons were then introduced and welcomed and they took their seats in the Session.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher; Elders: A. de Lopes, M. Schott and Joan Verhaal.

Censura Morum of 5th January 1742 (page 127a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

Tabled an extract of a Political Council resolution of 18th December 1741 (annexed to these minutes) appointing the newly-arrived Rev. Matthias Wermelskircher as Professor at the Seminary to work in collaboration with the Rev. Messrs. Potken and Saakens, and appointing the new Pastor (the Rev. Mr. Aguiar) to Galle to assist and work with the Rev. Mr. Fabricius there. The meeting congratulated the Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher and gave him their blessings on his work, and proceeded to the Censura Morum. Miss Nonje Stuart's case is to be investigated further at the forthcoming house visits, and Miss Van Meeuwen is to be admonished about her misconduct with a man who, according to reports received, is said to be living with her; and Mr. de Bevere and his wife are to be reminded of the fulfilment of their promise re Church attendance. Requests for declaration of faith from the following were approved:- Gerrit Hendriks Ide, Elizabeth Fybrants, Johanna Fybrants, Lodewyk Paulusz, Elizabeth de Kretser, Florentina Michielsz, Arnoldina Christian Konyn, Christiaen Van Dam, Johannes Hopman, Jacoba Montanus, Anna Catharina Jansz, Catharina de Jood, Regina Philipsz, Maria Byl, Gabriela de Zoisa, Amelia de Mirael, Johanna Carlier, Anna Geertruyda Laurensz. Attestaties from the following persons were presented and accepted:- The Hon Mr. Daniel Overbeek (Governor Sleet) and his wife Geertruida Brengman, Jan Thienland, Joris Joannes Blaeuwestein, Jacobus Weynand Brengman, Catharina Leandertsz and Maria Leandertsz. Arrangements were made for forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the outpost of Hanwella. The schoolmasters' reports are received: they have nothing special to report.

On 12th January 1742. The reports of the bretheren on their house visits are received. Miss Nonje Stuart was not at her home: it is presumed that she still continues to reside at Negombo. Miss Van Meeuwen was also not at home, and the Coster was directed to serve notice of excommunication on her.

Signed: The Revs, A. Saakens, G. Potken, and M. Wermelskircher: Elders: A. de Lopes, Joan Verhaal and M. Schott.

Censura Morum of 16th March 1742 (page 131a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and Deacon: Van Bern.

Tabled an extract of a Political Council resolution of 5th March 1742 (filed on p. 128), which was read and noted for necessary action. This extract deals with the revision of the Tamil translations of the Gospels according to the plan submitted by the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius, and the second edition of the Sinhalese book of Faith (Beleydenis boekje) and the short extract of the Doctrine of the truth of Salvation, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer and the Creed and the five Sinhalese School Catechisms. The Council recommends that this work be proceeded with without further delay under the supervision of the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius, who has readily undertaken to do so, with the assistance of the Tamil proponents of Jaffna and Negombo (Jan Phillipsz and Philip Emmanuelsz), who have been specially summoned to the Seminary here for this work,and other capable Interpreters to be selected from the following names suggested:-Simon de Melho, Don Phillip Willawadarasa Mudaliyar, Anthony Moraas, Thome Ondaatje, Nicolaas Fernando, Andries Francisco, Willem Gonsala and the House Warden in the Seminary (Joan Rodrigo), n.b. The extract is filed out of place on page 128.

The reports of the bretheren on their house visits are received. No complaints are received against Churchmembers for the Censura Morum. Regarding the case of Miss Van Meeuwen, it was decided to visit her again and admonish her at her home. Requests for declaration of faith from the following were approved:- Rachel Styger, Maria (Castelo), Maria Ditker, Maria Zygenaar, Maria Ferdinando, Elizabet de Vos, Anna Cornelia van Meeuwen, Jan Thielman de Jonge, Maria Jansz, Pieter Holstein, Fabianus Willemsz, Willem de Almiraal, Reinier de Jood, Mathias Brygeman and Catharina Jansz. Arrangements were made for the forthcoming house visits, and for ministrations at Hanwella, Negombo, Kalutara and Cotta. An 'attestatie' from Maurits Oosterle is presented and accepted. Elizabeth Voorts, an inmate of the Leper Asylum, is refused Holy Communion being found to be 6 months in pregnancy. The Schoolmasters' reports are received, and requests for declaration of faith from the following are approved:- Bastiaen Perera, Joan Coere and Bastiaen Coere (all of Cotta). An application from Mr. Tempezel for the baptism of his child was considered and allowed conditionally.

Friday, 20th March 1742. The reports of the bretheren on their house visits were received. Miss Van Meeuwen was again out of home at the house visit, and it was decided to refuse her admission to the Lord's Table once again, and to summon her to attend the next meeting in connection with her misconduct. A soldier named Frans Pieter (Micheren), who had forgotten to obtain his attestatie, requests admission to the Lord's table, which is allowed on condition of his making his prior declaration of faith.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher; Elders: A. de Lopes, J. Verhaal, M. Schott; Deacons: A. Samlant and J. Van Bern.

Extraordinary meeting of 23 May 1742 (page 135a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius, J. Verhaal, and N. Van Bern

Tabled an extract of a letter from Galle dated 2nd May, forwarding a copy of a Sinhalese catechism for comparison with the original and revision by the Rector of the Seminary and return to Galle, which was noted for necessary action. Tabled also extracts of Political Council resolutions of 16th and 21st March regarding the proposed revision of the Gospels etc, which were noted for necessary action. (These annexes are filed with these minutes - see pages 132-134).

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens and M. Wermelskircher.

Censura Morum of 24 22nd June 1742 (page 136)

Absent: Deacon W. Van Veen.

The Rev. Mr. Potken hands over to the Rev. Mr. Saakens as President, and the Rev. Mr. Saakens hands over to the Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher as Scriba. It was decided to excommunicate Miss Van Meeuwen for being so often absent from her home during the Pastoral visits until such time as she shows an improvement in her conduct and behaviour. Requests for declaration of faith from the following were approved:- Isaac Blok, Jan Buyk, Cornelis (Frank), Jan (Orne), Franciscus Jansz, Christoffel Briet, Anna Kerkhoven, Anthonica Gomes, wife of the Assistant Wilhelmus (Philip) Van Cuylenberg, Francina Ferdinando, Anna Maria Gerritsz, Louwisa Jansz, Johanna Gerritsz and Florentina de Zooysa. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the outposts of Negombo, Kalutara and Cotta.

The schoolmasters' reports are received, and requests for declaration of faith form the following are approved:- Hanweddige Bastiaan Noengara, fisher of Panadura, Jayasunderage Simon Perera, bellale, of Cotta, and his wife Louisa Dias, 29th June 1742. The reports of the bretheren on their house visits etc. were received.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, J.P. Wetzelius, G. Potken; Elders: A. de Lopes, J. Verhael, M. Schott and Deacon: Van Bern.

Extraordinary meeting of 21st September 1742 (page 136a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

Tabled a letter received from Batavia, containing a letter from Rotterdam dated 13th April 1741, enclosing the synodal acts of S. Holland held at Yselstein in July 1740, which were noted for necessary action. The letter also forwards the annual report on the churches and schools in Netherlands-India. The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius presents his report on his house visits and his ministration in the Leper Asylum.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken; Elders: A. de Lopes, J. Verhael, M. Schott; and Deacon: Van Bern.

Censura Morum of 28th September 1742 (page 137)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The Rev. Mr. Saakens hands over to the Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher as President, and the Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher hands over to the Rev. G. Potken as Scriba. No adverse reports are received in regard to the congregation for the Censura Morum. Requests from the following for declaration of faith are approved:- Carolus Jansz, Abraham Rodrigo and Johannes Colaas. The attestatie of Jurgen van der Spar is presented and respected. The reports of the bretheren on their circuits and house visits are received. The schoolmasters' reports are received, and requests for declaration of faith from the following are approved:- Anna Dias, wife of Bastiaen Coere, Tuppahige Jebel de Almeda (spinster), both of Cotta, and Don Christoffer de Fonseka, schoolmaster of Mutwal.

5th October 1742. The reports of the bretheren on their house visits are received. The following soldiers who had come out from Holland and forgotten to get their attestaties were, at their request, admitted to the Lord's Table on this occasion, on their promise of making their declaration of faith on the next occasion.

Signed: The Revs. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elders: A. de Lopes, J. Verhael and M. Schott; and Deacon: Mr. Van Bern.

Extraordinary meeting of 16th October 1742 (page 138)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The Hoofd-Administrateur of Jaffna Jurgen van der Spar, tabled an extract of a Political resolution dated 2lst September, appointing him as Political Commissaris in place of Abraham [***], and he is welcomed by the President. The drafting of the annual reports to Batavia and to the several Classes in Holland on the churches and schools was next taken up, and the Rev. Mr. Saakens undertook to prepare it.

The Political Commissaris tabled a letter received by the Governor from Jaffna dated 2nd October 1742, requesting that the Proponent there, Mr. Jan Anthonisz, be allowed leave to take medical treatment and recruit his health for further service in view of his present poor mental condition, for the advice and report of the Consistory. It was decided to allow his request and permit him to preach here while in Colombo under supervision. The Deacon Mr. Van Bern and the Elders A. de Lopes and M. Schott ask to be relieved of their duties at the expiry of their present terms of office, which are allowed. The meeting then proceeded to the election of new officers to take their place, and also to fill the vacancy created by the departure of the Deacon Abraham Samlant to Galle; and the following list of double nominations were made:-

For the offices of Elder: Messrs. Dirk Blankert, Johannes Engelbert, Gerard Joan Vreland and Job de Kretser; and for the offices of Deacon: Messrs. Anthony Voortman, Francois Butger, Anthony Kegel and Jan Buyk. From these nominations, the following were elect by a majority of votes ;- As Elders: Dirck Blankert and Johannes Engelbert; and as Deacons: Messrs. Anthony Voortman and Jan Buyk. It was decided to report the decisions made regarding the case of the Proponent Jan Anthonisz and the election of the new Elders and Deacons to His Excellency the Governor for his approval.

Signed: The Revs. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elders: A. de Lopes, J. Verhael and M. Schott; and Deacon Mr. Van Bern.

Extraordinary meeting of 13th November 1742 (page 139)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The President stated that this meeting had been specially convened to thank the retiring Elders and Deacons for their faithful and devoted services and to welcome the new Elders and Deacons, which was accordingly done, and the newly elected officers were accorded their seats in the Session.

Signed: The Rev. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elders: A. de Lopes, Johannes Engelbert; Deacons: J.S. Danielsz.

Extraordinary meeting of 27th November 1742 (page 139a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius and Deacon: J.S. Danielsz.

The President said that this meeting was specially convened at the request of the Political Commissaris who tabled three extracts of Political Council resolutions etc., two of them being in regard to letter's from Batavia to the Governor dated 30th September 1742, one urging early action in the matter of sending the revised Sinhalese and Tamil transitions of the Gospels etc. to the Press for early publication, and the other approving the appointment of the Rev. Mr. D'Aguiar for work at Galle, with a free house and a salary of 90 florins per month, subject to his work and conduct being found to be satisfactory; and the third being an extract of a Political Councul resolution dated 19th November 1742, also dealing with the terms of the appointment of the Rev. Mr. D'Aguiar as Predikant at Galle. It was decided to report the present position in regard to the subject of the first extract and to say that action will be taken in the matter as desired; and as regards the second and third extracts, it was decided to send copies of these to Galle for information and necessary action. (These extracts are filed - see pages 140 to 142).

Signed: The Revs. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken and A. Saakens; Elders: J. Verhael and Deacon: J.S. Danielsz.

Extraordinary meeting of 7th December 1742 (page 143)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The President tabled two letters from Galle: one from the Rev. Mr. D' Aguiar written in Latin asking that he be promoted as Ordinary Professor, and the other from the Galle Consistory written in Dutch reporting on his request, and giving an account of certain questions put by them to the Rev. Mr. D'Aguiar in connection with his request and his answers to the same, and also commenting on his ability and fitness for the office of Professor, and reporting on his work and services under them, which are rather frugal and not too favourable, which were read and filed of record. After careful consideration of the above in a spirit of the fear of God (des Heeren Vreese), it was decided to forward copies of the decisions at this meeting to His Excellency the Governor for his orders thereon and for the orders of the Government at Batavia, and that the Rev. Mr. D.'Aguiar continue in his present duties and be required to undergo a further more rigorous examination, and to await further instructions in it the matter. (The annexes are filed - see pages - see pages 140 to 142). The former Krankbezoeker of Batticaloa Mr. Iman van der Werff, who was transferred here last year by the Government to work in Colombo along with the two other Krankbezoekers at this place until further orders, comes in and requests to be provided with a salary and a dwelling-house and to be allowed to work in the Hospital and the Prayer Hall. His last request is granted, and his requests re salary and a dwelling-house are to be referred to the Governor for his orders.

Signed: The Revs. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elders: J. Verhael, D. Blankert; Deacons: W. van Veen and J. Engelbert.

Extraordinary meeting of 13th December 1742 (page 153)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The Political Commissaris tabled a letter from Pieter Strigt, Krankbezoeker and Voorleser of the Galle Church to the Galle Consistory, applying for promotion as Proponent, and the resolution of the Galle Consistory on his request; and a letter addressed by Mr. Strigt to the Governor in this connection. He also tabled an extract of a Political Council resolution of 7th December 1742 asking for this Consistory's advice in the matter. (These annexes are filed: see pages 150-152). It is unanimously resolved to refuse his request as being groundless, immature and extravagant, as the Council wishes in future to avoid wasting its time in having more important duties to perform. The annual reports to Holland and Batavia prepared by the Rev. A. Saakens were read and approved, and signed for dispatch through the Governor. The Rev. Mr. Saakens reports that he held a service of Holy Communion at the Leper Asylum and there admitted one Anna de Silva as a Church member.

Signed: The Rev.s. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elders: J. Verlaet, M. Schott, J. Engelbert; Deacon: W. Van Veen.

Censura Morum of 4th January 1743 (page 154)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elder: D. Blankert; and Deacon W. Van Veen.

The Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher hands over to the Rev. Mr. Potken as President, and the Rev. Mr. Saakens takes over the office of Scriba. No complaints re the congregation are received for the Censura Morum. The Rev. Mr. Saakens reported the case of Jan van Halen, who had neglected attendance at services at Church and Holy Communion, whom he had previously often admonished and who had shown some improvement by his subsequent attendance etc., but has once again been backsliding in his religious obligations. It was decided that the bretheren see him again at the forthcoming house visits, and ascertain the reasons for his neglect. Requests from the following persons to make their declaration of faith were approved:- Michael Hemme, Amelia Louisa Jansz, Eva Sophia Sokkens, Paulus Menken, Maria Nagel and Hendrieta Amelia Gevers. Attestaties produced by the Krankbezoeker Iman van der Burg and his wife Elizabeth Zyle were respected. Arrangements were made for the forthcoming house visits in the parish and for ministrations at the outposts Cotta, Negombo and Kalutara, and the bretheren were directed to pay special attention to members who had neglected their attendance at Church and Holy Communion and to admonish them to pay more heed to their religious obligations. The schoolmasters come in and table their reports: they have nothing special to mention. The Rev. Mr. Saakens said that in view of the expiry of the second half of the year he had visited the Churches at Calpetty and Tutucorin, and suggested that arrangements be made for more regular ministrations at these places; which matter was deferred for consideration at a future meeting.

On 11th January 1743: The bretheren presented their reports on their house visits etc. They said that they had given due attention to the direction of the Consistory re admonishing defaulting members re their religious obligations, and that Jan Van Halen, referred to in the previous Censura Morum was not to be found in the City. The Rev. Mr. Potken said that Messrs. Jan Barent Theile and Jan Michiel Raterman (referred to in the Censura Morum of September last year) had since made their declarations of faith before him, but that Jan Van Halen, who was not yet prepared to do so, had asked for a postponement.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher; Elder: J. Verhaal; and Deacon: D. Danielsz.

Censura Morum of 5th April 1743 (page 154a)

Absent: No absentees are noted.

Tabled an extract of a Political Council resolution of 18th October 1742 in reply to this Consistory's letter of 7th October 1742 regarding the examination of the Rev. Mr. D'Aguiar. The Rev. Mr. Wetzelius reports on his ministrations at the outposts. The Rev. G. Potken again hands over to the Rev. A. Saakens as President, and the Rev. Mr. Saakens to the Rev. M. Wermelskircher as Scriba. Proceeding to the Censura Morum, it was decided to direct the Sexton to summon Mr. Jan Van Halen to present himself at the next meeting regarding his non-attendance at Church. Requests for declaration of faith from the following were approved:- Daniel Muller, Christoffel Caron, Jan Philip Stork, Augustina Rezel, Anna Elizabeth Hormsz, Johanna Bruske, Regina Fernando, Helena Fernando. An attestatie present by Lieut. Johannes Thienland was respected. Arrangements were made for the forthcoming house visits in the parish and for ministrations at the outposts of Hanwella, Cotta, Negombo and Kalutara. The schoolmasters did not attend as usual.

On 12th April 1743: The bretheren present their reports on their house visits. A soldier from Amsterdam named Johannes van der Wolder requests admission to Holy Communion, which is allowed on this occasion on the condition of his making his declaration of faith at the next service. Jan van Halen comes in and is questioned regarding his non-attendance at Church and Holy Communion. He says that he was unable to do so owing to illness and promises to attend regularly in the future.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken; Elder: J. Verhael; Deacons: D. Danielsz and W. van Veen.

Extraordinary meeting of 10th June 1743 (page 155a)

Absent: The Rev. G. Potken and Elder; J. Engelbregt.

The President said that the meeting was convened at the request of the Political Commissaris who tabled two extracts: one containing a resolution of the Galle Consistory dated 16th April, regarding the request of the Proponent D'Aguiar to be excused from attending meetings of the Consistory, and the other being a resolution of the Political Council dated 12th April, forwarding this request for the advice of the Consistory in Colombo. (These annexes are filed on pages 156-158). In their resolution, the Galle Consistory reports to the Governor that the Proponent Mr. D'Aguiar who was invited to take his seat as a member of the Consistory according to the instructions received from the Government, has refused to do so and wishes to be excused, firstly, on account of his continuous illness, and secondly, because he was not conversant with the Dutch customs etc. The meeting, having considered the contents of these extracts, decided that the Rev. Mr. D'Aguiar should definitely be altogether excused from attending the meetings of the Galle Consistory as a member in accordance with the ancient custom, both in Holland as well as here in the Indies, that a Proponent is not usually accorded a seat in the Church Consistory as a member, and as is clearly the custom hers too in the case of the other Proponents, who are not members of the Church Consistory. It was also resolved to send a report of the decision of this Consistory in the matter to the Governor for favour of disposal by him. The School master and House Warden of the Orphan Chamber comes in and complains of the stubborn disobedience of the children in the Orphan School, and asks to be supported by a definite order from the Diaconate to enable him to maintain proper discipline, which is accordingly to be granted to him at the earliest opportunity by the Deacons as Superintendents and Regents of the Orphan Chamber.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, J.P. Wetzelius, H. Wermelskircher; Elders: J. Verhaal and D. Blankert; Deacons: D. Danielsz and W. Van Veen.

Censura Morum of 28th June 1743 (page 159a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius, D. Blankert and J. Engelbert.

The Rev. A. Saakens hands over to the Rev. M. Wermelskircher as President, and the latter to the Rev. G. Potken as Scriba. It was brought to the notice of the members that several volumes of Church correspondence and baptism and membership registers which were damaged needed repairs, and the President undertook to attend to this. No reports against members were made for the Censura Morum. Requests for declaration of faith from the following were approved:- Matthew Ondaatje, Anna Maria de Key, Karia Rodrigo, Salomon van den Bos. Church attestaties produced by the following were respected:- Jacob Bauer and Hester Samland. Arrangements were made for the forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the outposts etc. The schoolmasters were once again absent as the thombo-holder Benjamin Gerritsz had failed to issue the necessary olas, nor was he present himself according to his normal obligations. It was therefore resolved that the President should warn this young man, whose neglect and carelessness had so often caused inconvenience, that disciplinary action will be taken against him if he does not attend to his duties more diligently in future.

On 5th July 1743. The former 'Voorlezer' Mr. Van Zoelen, who was always absent from his home during the house visits and had failed to obtain attestaties for himself and his wife, is to be summoned to appear and explain at the next meeting for his and his wife's non-attendance at Church and Holy Communion. The President stated that the soldier Johan van der Wolde was still in hospital and was unable again to make his declaration of faith. He also stated that the Assistant Jen Boekel was admitted as a guest at Holy Communion on his undertaking to obtain his attestatie from Batavia.

Signed: The Revs. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elder: J. Verhael; and Deacons: D. Danielsz and W. Van Veen.

Extraordinary meeting of 19th September 1743 (page 160a)

Absent: The Political Commissary, The. Rev. J.P. Wetzelius, Elder: J. Engelbert and Deacon: D. Danielsz.

The President tabled two letters received from Batavia; one being from Rotterdam from the Classes of Delft, Delfsland and Schieland, containing the synodal acts of S. Holland held at Breda (dated 31 October 1741), and the other from the Church Council at Batavia dated 18th June 1743, containing the annual report on the churches and schools at that place, and as there was nothing of special importance in them, they were filed of record to be acknowledged in due course. The Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher reports that he conducted service of Holy Communion at the Leper Asylum on his last tour.

Signed: The Revs. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elders: J. Verhaal, D. Blankert; and Deacon: W. Van Veen.

Censura Morum of 27th September 1743 (page 161)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius.

The Rev. M. Wermelskircher hands over to the Rev. G. Potken as President, and the latter to The Rev. A. Saakens as Scriba. It was reported that some of the volumes of Church correspondence and registers and records had been repaired as decided at the last meeting. The Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher reported that the Tombo-holder Mr. Gerritsz had promised to perform his duties more diligently and that Mr. Van Zoelen and his wife had since produced their 'attestaties'. No complaints against the congregation are made for Censura Morum. Requests for declaration of faith from the following were approved:- Maria Francina Schokman, Catharina Salomea Prik, Maria Francina (Janszier), Johanna H, Raket, Adriana Johanna Richart, Lissardo Fernando, Cornelia Venier, Maria Casselman, Helena de Zolsa, Elizabeth Ter Zyden, Helena Ditker. Attestaties produced by the following were respected:- Ras Maket, Johanna Cornelia Takel, Francina Jans and Reinier Holstein; but it was resolved that no 'attestaties' will be accepted in future unless they are made out in debita forma. Mr. Van Zoelen comes in and requests baptism for a child of his slave maid, who is said to have been baptised by a Roman Catholic priest in Bengal, and whose father, she says, was an Englishman: which request is refused for good reasons. Anna Maria (Jactzien) comes in and states that she was baptised by a Roman Catholic priest in the home of a Mr. Piglot, which was confirmed by her godfather (patrisje) and godmother (matrisje) named Lourens Santijogo and Maria de Silva respectively, and asks to be registered as a baptised person and to make her declaration of faith: it is resolved to ask her to furnish her baptism certificate from the priest who baptised her. Arrangements were made for the forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the outposts of Cotta, Negombo and Kalutara. The schoolmasters present their reports, and requests for declaration of faith from the following are approved:- Joannis Silva of Welikada, Lovis de Silva of Milagiriya, and Abraham Perera of Kelaniya.

On 4th October: The reports of the bretheren on their house visits are received.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens; Elder: J. Verhael; Deacons: D. Danielsz and W. Van Veen.

Extraordinary meeting of 12th December 1743 (page 161a)

Absent: The Political Commissaris, the Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elder: J. Engelbert; Deacons: D. Danielsz and W. Van Veen.

The President states that the meeting was specially convened to consider the letters to Holland prepared by him, which were read and approved, and signed for despatch through the Governor. The date of the next service of Holy Communion at this place is postponed for the 19th of January. The Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher reports that he administered Holy Communion at Tutucorin and Calpetty, and furnished a list of the children whom he had baptised at these places for record by the Scriba.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens; and Elder: J. Verhael.

Censura Morum of 10th January 1744 (page 162)

Absent: The Rev. M. Wermelskircher; Elders: D. Blankert and J. Engelbert.

The Rev. Mr. Potken hands over to the Rev. A. Saakens as President, and acts as Scriba in the absence of the Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher. No complaints against the congregation are received for the Censura Morum. Requests for declaration of faith from the following are approved:-Amelia Blok, Johanna Germonts and Christina de Roy. Eaperance Gomes, who had arrived with an 'attestatie' from Galle was accepted into the congregation. Arrangements were made for forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the outposts of Hanwella, Cotta, Negombo and Kalutara. A request for declaration of faith from the freed slave of Mr. Nortje, who had been roving here and there to earn a living and was now in the service of Mr. Blankert, was allowed. The schoolmaster who had lodged this request on her behalf is to be informed that he should so in person before the Church Council or through one of the Predikants in future. The country schoolmasters could not be present owing to the prevailing visits to their schools (by the 'Scholarchen').

Signed: The Rev. G. Potken.

Extraordinary meeting of 23rd January 1744 (page 162a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius, M. Wermelskirchner; Elders: D. Blankert, J. Engelbert, and J. Verlaen.

The President said that the meeting was specially convened to consider the annual Church report to the Church Council at Batavia prepared by the Rev. Mr. Potken, which was read and approved, and signed for despatch through the Governor. The Political Commissaris tabled two extracts of Political Council resolutions, one dated 11th November 1743 forwarding an extract of the notes and decisions passed at a meeting of the Political Council at Batavia dated 11the August 1735 regarding rules and regulations for procedure at baptisms passed at the Church Council at Batavia, for compliance in the Churches here. The other extract, dated 30th December 1743 requesting, on the recommendation of the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius, that the Tamil student, Phillip de Melho, be examined for appointment, if found suitable, for appointment as Proponent, with a view to his being sent to Holland at Government expense for further theological studies at the University of Leyden. As it was already late, and as only four bretheren were present, it was decided to circulate these documents to members for consideration at a subsequent meeting. (The annexes are filed - see pages 163 - 175).

Signed: The Rev. G. Potken; Deacons: W. Van Veen and D. Danislsz.

Extraordinary meeting of 25th February 1744 (page 176)

Absent: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius and Elder: J. Engelbert.

The meeting is convened to consider the recommendation of the Political Council re the examination of the Tamil student Philip de Melho, referred to in the minutes of the previous meeting. It was decided to conduct the examination on the 13th of April, giving him for his test sermon as text St. John's Gospel, Chapter 17, Verse 3. The other extract re the rules and regulations pertaining to the procedure for baptism was again deferred for a subsequent meeting in view of the absence of three of the bretheren and the fact that not all of them had been able to read and peruse the documents. The President said he administered Holy Communion at the Leper Asylum on the 10th of February.

Signed: The Rev. M. Wermelskircher; Elders: J. Verhael and D. Blankert; Beacons: D. Danielsz and W. van Veen.

Extraordinary meeting of 19th March 1744 (page 176a)

Absent: The Rev. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens and Elder: J. Engelbert.

The President tabled an extract of a Political Council resolution dated 29th February 1744, requesting that the Tamil student Philip de Melho referred to in their previous resolution be also examined in Greek and Hebrew. It was unanimously decided to comply with this order of the Government.

Signed: The Rev. M. Wermelskircher; Elders: J. Verhael and D. Blankert; and Deacons: W. Van Veen and D. Danielsz.

Censura Morum of 27th March 1744 (page 177)

Absent: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens and Elder: J. Engelbert.

The President tabled a letter received from Batavia, dated 5th November 1743, urging the Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher to apply himself early to a study of the Sinhalese language, which he has not yet appeared to have done, in the interests of the extension of Christianity among the Sinhalese population in the Island. Mr. Wermelskircher said that he would not neglect to do so at the earliest opportunity, and will do his best to study the Sinhalese language as his predecessors had done, and solicited the help of the bretheren in his efforts to do so. The meeting expressed their satisfaction at this declaration of his intentions. (The extract is filed - see pages 179-181).

The student Philip de Melho comes in and, in view of his forthcoming examination, requests to be informed in what language his examination is to be conducted and in what he is to be examined in Greek and Hebrew. It was resolved that his examination be conducted in the Dutch language, and that the set portions for Greek and Hebrew be Romans, Chapter 1, and Psalm 1. No complaints are made against the congregation for the Censura Morum. Requests for declaration of faith from the following are approved:- Johanna Helena van der Velden, Anna Elisabeth Meyer, Johannes Andries Meyer, Isaac Hertenberg, Maria Giethoorn, Isabella Adriana Deuval and Anna Maria Takzier. Attestaties from the following were respected:- Mrs. Petronella Verscheur, Catharina Stendel, Amelia Bartelot (adoptee of the Commandeur Abraham Dormieux). Arrangements were made for the forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the outposts of Hanwella, Cotta, Negombo and Kalutara. The country schoolmasters come in and present their reports, and requests for declaration of faith from the following are approved:- Joseph Salgado, Assistant Master of Wolvendaal School, Salomon Fernando of Mutwal, Francisco de Melho of Moratuwa. The deaths of the following sisters of the congregation were also reported:- At Pannebackery: Amarasingege Maria Gonsalo and Louis Coerege Maria Perera, and at Kelaniya: Hettiarachchiga Don Anthony.

On 3rd April: The bretheren assembled and have nothing special to report on their house visits etc. The service of Holy Communion on the 5th of April (Easter Sunday) was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius.

Signed: The Revs. M. Wermelskircher; Elder: D. Blankert; Deacons: W. van Veen and D. Danielsz.

n.b. An extract of a Political Council resolution of 9th January 1781 approving of the following appointments, is filed erroneously out of place in this volume on p.178:- As Elder: The Military Captain Philippus Kinbergen, in place of the late Mr. E. de Bordes; and as Deacons: the Koopman Dirk Jacob de Moor, and the Accountants Messrs. Van Sohsten and Aubert, in place of the retiring deacons: Messrs. Haart, Perera and Doebrats respectively; and the appointment of Mr. Helmers (former 'Krankbezoeker' of Trincomalee) as 2nd 'Voorlezer and schoolmaster of the school in the Castle here.

Extraordinary meeting of 13th April 1744 (page 182)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens and the three Elders.

The question of the examination of the Tamil student Philip de Melho was taken up. The student preached his test sermon on the prescribed text (John 17:3). He was then tested by the Rev. G. Potken in Hebrew and in Greek on the passages prescribed (Psalm 1 and Romans Chap. l), and was found satisfactory. The President (Mr. Wermelskircher) and the other bretheren then examined him minutely in theology and doctrine, and the candidate was asked to leave the meeting. The opinions of the bretheren on the examination were then solicited, whether they considered the candidate suitable for appointment as a Proponent or whether they had any objections to raise. It was unanimously resolved to send extracts of these proceedings to the Governor, with a recommendation that he be appointed to take his place as a Proponent for the extension of God's kingdom in this land. The candidate was then called in again and given the blessings of the bretheren and encouraged in his work in God's Church, and he replied promising faithfully to do his best to fulfil his obligations.

Signed: The Revs. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken; Elders: W. Van Veen and D. Danielsz.

n.b. An extract of a Political Council resolution of 30th December 1751 is erroneously filed out of place in this volume - see page 183. It contains a warning and a censure on certain Predikants (not named).

Extraordinary meeting of 27th April 1744 (page 184)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; all the Elders; and Deacon: W. Van Veen.

The Political Comissaris tabled a Political Council resolution of 31st March 1744, expressing satisfaction over the Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher's declaration regarding his intentions in the study of the Sinhalese language made at the Consistory meeting held on the 27th March. The Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher then tabled a copy of a letter which he had addressed to His Excellency the Governor, explaining the misunderstanding which seems to have arisen in Batavia in regard to his not having begun his studies in the Sinhalese language, which it was resolved to file of record along with the other extracts dealing with the subject. (These annexes are filed - see pages 184a - 187).

Signed: The Revs. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken, and the Deacon: D. Danielsz.

Extraordinary meeting of 15th June 1744 (page 194a)

Absent: Elders: D. Blankert, J. Engelbert and H. Van Bern.

The President tabled letters received from Batavia dated 23rd June regarding certain proposals of the Church at Batavia in the matter of procedure at baptisms, with copies of the decisions of the Council of India dated August 1738 on the subject. The bretheren said that all the rules and regulations and formalities hitherto prescribed were strictly ob served here, except that it was not the practice here to baptise converts from Mohammedism without giving them prior instruction in the Reformed faith/etc. This subject was further considered in detail by the bretheren, and certain queries were raised and discussed, and after careful consideration and deliberation, it was decided to forward extracts of these minutes to the Governor, and to ask the Council at Batavia for their approval for continuing the procedures practised here in regard to the baptism of proselytes from heathenism.

n.b. Pages 194 to 202 are all damaged by vermin and corrosion and partly unreadable.

Signed: The Revs. M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A. Saakens; and Deacons: E. de Moor and C. Van Dam.

Censura forum of 26th June 1744 (page 195a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: J. Engelbert and H. Van Bern.

The Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher hands over to the Rev. Mr. Potken as President, and the latter to the Rev. Mr. Saakens as Scriba. No adverse reports against the congregation are received for Censura Morum. Arrangements are made for forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the outposts. The Krankbezoeker Mr. Erfzon then handed in a list of names of those who had requested to make their declaration of faith, which were allowed, via: Hendrik Leembrug, Gabriel van Sichem, Hendrik Alders and Adriana Alderbort. The country schoolmasters tendered their reports and submitted the names of the following who requested to make their declaration of faith, which were allowed, viz: Donna Regina Cabraal and Donna Francina (of Cotta), Christoffel Fonseka, Headmaster of Mutwal. They also gave the names of three members of their congregation who had died, to be deleted from the membership register by the Scriba. The bretheren said they had no special report to make regarding their house visits.

Signed: The Rev. A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher; Elder: D. Blankert; and Deacons: E. de Moor and C. Van Dam.

Extraordinary meeting of 8th July 1744 (page 196)

Absent: The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius; Elder: J. Engelbert and Deacon: E. de Moor.

The President tabled a resolution of the Political Council dated 29th June (copies incorporated in these minutes) soliciting the advice of this Consistory as to the surest and most plausible means of obstructing the 'canker' of the false Romish doctrines from spreading in the country, as seen in the Rev. Mr. Wermelskircher's report on his school visits, in the interests of the country and the Church. The meeting having given their careful consideration and expressed their regret at not having noticed both now and previously the increase and spread of this baneful doctrine of Popery, resolved that they can think of no betters means of stemming this pest than the following, viz: that the proclamations and orders issued against Popery be rigorously put into effect, and that all officials be required to keep a vigilant eye, for which the Native Chiefs, like the Mudaliyara, the Muhandirams and the Korales etc. be required to make their declaration of faith in the Reformed doctrines; and likewise, that the European Chiefs of the outposts, who have not made their declaration of faith, should at least practise the Protestant faith, and also that the natives Proponents and Schoolmasters be admonished to perform their duties more devotedly and with greater vigilance. The meeting was also of the opinion that some sort of action should be taken to prevent Romish priests from wandering landwards in the country and preventing them from holding meetings both publicly and clandestinely; and as regards the immunity ('assurantie') of some persons who are inclined to the doctrine of Popery, the meeting was of the opinion that the only means of preventing them was by the issue of rigorous proclamations as in the past.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher; Elders: D. Blankert and H. Van Bern; and Deacon: C. Van Dam.

Extraordinary meeting of 3rd August 1744 (page 197)

Absent: The Political Commissaris, The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; Elders: D. Blankert, J. Engelbert, and H. Van Bern; and Deacon: E. de Moor.

The President tabled a letter received from the bretheren in the Galle Consistory, introducing the Rev. Arnoldus Wilhelmus Fabricius, who, in compliance with the orders of the Government at Batavia, was summoned to work in Colombo. Mr. Fabricius presented his credentials (filed in these minutes - see pages 197-198), and was welcomed by the President and the bretheren. The Rev. Mr. Potken said he had administered Holy Communion at the Leper Asylum on the 12th of July.

Signed: The Revs. G. Potken, A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher; Elders: D. Blankert and H. Van Bern; and Deacon: C. Van Dam.

Censura Morum of 25th September 1744 (page 199)

Absent: The Political Commissaris; The Revs. J.P. Wetzelius and A.W. Fabricius; and Elder: J. Engelbert.

The President tabled a letter dated 6th January 1744 which, unlike the usual form, was not addressed to the Consistory, but personally to the Revs. Messrs. Wetzelius and Smith, containing the Synodal Acts of N. Holland held at Hoorn on 30th July 1743. It was decided to refer it back to the Rev. Mr. Wetzelius, to be acknowledged by him and filed. The 'Krankbezoeker' Mr. Joseph (...) came in and presented his credentials, which were respected. He requests to be appointed to serve at Tutucorin in place of the 'Krankbezoeker' there Mr. Gillis Blom. It was resolved to refer his request to the Governor for his orders thereon. Proceeding to the Censura Morum, the Rev. Mr. Potken handed over to the Rev. Mr. Saakens as President, and the latter to Mr. Wermelskircher as Scriba. Mo adverse reports against the congregation were received for Censura Morum. Requests from the following to make their declaration of faith were approved, viz: (Masonius Schavola, Barbara Welmina Potken, Dirk Jan Potken, and Maria Regina Suyter.

Requests from the following to make their declaration of faith in Tamil were also approved, viz:- Francisco (Goendia) and Francisco Rodrigo. A request on behalf of Anna Lenips, 17 years, who was baptised by a European Roman Catholic priest was also submitted and approved. A similar request on behalf of a slave of Mrs. Van der Putten called Jacob, who was baptised by a Roman Catholic priest, was disallowed, and Jacob was told that Mrs. Van der Putten should appear in person before the Consistory and furnish further facts re the circumstances of his case. Arrangements were then made for forthcoming house visits and for ministrations at the Leper Asylum and the outposts of Negombo, Cotta and Kalutara. The country K schoolmasters were unable to attend owing to their school visits.

On 2nd October 1744: The reports of the bretheren on their house visits were received.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher; Elder: D. Blankert; and Deacons: E. de Moor and C. Van Dam.

Extraordinary meeting of 7th October 1744 (page 199a)

Absent: The Political Commissaris, The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A.W. Fabricius; Elders: J. Engelbert and H. Van Bern.

The President tabled a letter received from the Jaffna Consistory dated 22nd September, containing the annual report on their churches and schools and the progress of Christianity in Jaffna, which was filed for record and acknowledgment in due course.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher; Elder: D. Blankert; and Deacons: E. de Moor and C. Van Dam.

Extraordinary meeting of 13th October 1744 (page 200)

Absent: The Revs. G. Potken, J.P. Wetzelius, A.W. Fabricius; and Elders: J. Engelbert and H. Van Bern.

The President said that the meeting was convened at the request of the Political Commissaris, who tabled for the information of the bretheren an extract of a resolution of the Political Council dated 12th October, approving of a request submitted by the Rev. G. Potken to be allowed to retire and proceed to Batavia on account of illhealth, as his successor, the Rev. A.W. Fabricius had already arrived here from Galle. The President then tabled two letters received by him: one being from the Classis of Delft, Delfsland and Schieland, containing the synodal acts of S. Holland held at Dordrecht on the 3rd July 1742, and the other from Batavia containing the annual report on the churches and schools and the progress of Christianity both of which were filed and noted for acknowledgment. Further on the Government's approval of the Rev. G. Potken to retire and be allowed to proceed to Batavia was deferred until the return of the Rev. Mr. Fabricius from his circuit in the country.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher; Elder: D. Blankert; and Deacons: E. de Moor and C. Van Dam.

Extraordinary meeting of 27th October 1744 (page 200a)

Absent: The Rev. J.P. Wetzelius; and Elders: D. Blankert and J. Engelbert.

The President said that the meeting was convened at the request of the Political Commissary, who tabled an extract of a resolution of the Political Council dated 30th September, containing a report submitted by the 'Koopman' Elbert Clermont and the 'Onderkooplieden' Warnar Berghuys and Marcellus Bles on their inquiry into the matter of the administration of the affairs of the 'Armenhuis' (poor house) by the Diaconate, which was referred to this Consistory for their advice. After careful consideration and discussion of the several matters referred to in the report, especially on the subject of free education and instruction in the Orphan school to the poor and those who are in receipt of alimentary allowances etc., it was resolved to send a copy of these proceedings to His Excellency the Governor. The President then posed the question as to who should be delegated to draft the annual reports to the Classes in Holland and to Batavia. It was found to be the turn of the Rev. Mr. Fabricius; but he asked to be excused for the present from undertaking this work as he was not yet conversant with the position of the churches and schools and in view of his impending circuit to Tutucorin. The Rev. Mr. Saakens too said that he could not conscientiously, undertake the work as he already had sufficient work on his hands with his preaching programme, and none of the other bretheren were prepared to undertake the task. Likewise, the Rev. M. Wermelskircher too said that he had not been able to get a Sinhalese Proponent to help him in his studies in the Sinhalese language for the past two months, and if he does not apply his time fully to his studies he may suffer and forget even what he has already learnt, and he said that he could not therefore undertake the duty of being "Epistolarum Scriba". The meeting then termination with the Benediction.

Signed: The Revs: A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher, G. Potken, A.W. Fabricius; Elders H. Van Bern; and Deacons: E. de Moor and C. Van Dam.

Extraordinary meeting of 21st December 1744 (page 202)

Absent: The Political Commissaris, The Revs. G. Potken and J.P. Wetzelius; and Elders; J. Engelbert and H. Van Bern.

The President tabled an extract of a Political Council resolution handed in by the Political Commissaris dated 3rd November (filed in these minutes see pages 203-217), approving of the recommendations of this Consistory regarding the instruction given at the Poor House (Armenhuis) pro deo by the 'Krankbezoekers' and the 'Voorlezers'. The President also tabled a letter received from Amsterdam dated 3rd October 1742, containing the synodal acts of N. Holland held at Amsterdam, which was noted for acknow-ledgment and filed. A request from Anna Catharina Takzier to have her baptism (by a Roman Catholic priest), which was supported by a witness named Laurens Aalvis, recognised was deferred for further investigation, and it was decided to recognise it if the circumstances were round to be correct. The slave named Jacob, mentioned in the previous minutes of the Censura Morum, who is now in the service of Mr. Prik, comes in, and, supported by two Roman Catholic witnesses, makes a similar request that his previous baptism by a Roman Catholic priest be recognised. The two witnesses are: Cicero de Costa and Anthony Jansz. His request was allowed and he was accepted as a member of the Church. The reports of the bretheren on their house visits are presented and received.

Signed: The Revs. A. Saakens, M. Wermelskircher, A.W. Fabricius; Elder: D. Blankert; and Deacons: E. de Moor and C. Van Dam.

n.b. The remaining pages in this volume (pages 218 to the end) containing the minutes of the Extraordinary meetings and the Censura Morum meetings of the Consistory between 31st December 1744 and 6th October 1750, are so badly damaged as to be rendered useless. Nothing can be done to repair them, and they are altogether unreadable. They will have to be regarded as totally lost and irreparable, resulting in a most regrettable lacuna in this series.

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