= Dietrich Thomas Fretz (1743-1815) was head merchant ("opperkoopman") for the VOC in Colombo, Ceylon, and kept a trade correspondence with (i.a.) Justus Hendrik Pfeil and Frederik Wilhelm Haggemeijer, merchants, and Cornelis van Twist, first bookkeeper at the 'payment office' ("soldij komtoir") at Amsterdam, in the form of i.a. delivery orders ("Eisch van goederen") and notifications, accounting documents and invoices regarding these goods/ deliveries. One short note nicely contains a sample of embroidered cloth of which Fretz desired to have delivered more. Very interesting collection, providing a small treasure trove of information regarding the VOC trade at the end of the 18th century. SEE ILLUSTRATIONS PLATE LXVIII.
AND a similar collection, "Ingekomene Brieven van de Heer Water Fiscaal G.C.J. van Massau en andere tot Zijn Zaken betrekkelijke Papieren", to and from Gerlach Cornelis Johannes van Massau, 'trade lawyer' ("Water Fiscaal") and head merchant for the VOC in Batavia (16 ms. letters and documents, 1787-1790, bound unif. w. the above, w. title, "MS No. 1" and "N: 53").