This volume contains the third and last part of the diary kept by Nicholaes Couckebacker and covers the period from August 9, 1637 to February 3, 1630, when he was succeeded by Francois Caron.
 
In these months it increasingly became clear that a Dutch monopoly on Japanese trade was possible, although the Dutch position in East Asia remained unstable. At the same time, Japanese local authorities in Nagasaki increased their interference in Dutch activities after the demise of the daimyo of Hirado.
 
This volume begins in the middle of the trading season in 1637, when six VOC ships were anchored in Hirado and another six were expected.    On December 1637, the first news of the peasant uprising in Arima reached Hirado. (p. 84) The new daimyo of Hirado returned home to supervise his retainers during the campaign in Arima.  The Dutch factory was ordered to militarily assist the shogun’s forces. (pp. 93-106)
 
The next section of the diary begins in February 21, 1638 and includes a great deal of information about the uprising.   The third section of the diary consists of an account of the chief factor’s journey to Edo.  (pp. 133-176)  Although the shogun was absent, a presentation of gifts was held on May 18.   The fourth and fifth sections cover the trading season of 1638.  During this period, Japanese merchants of the five great cities repeated their request to have Dutch trade controlled in the same way as the Portuguese. (p. 331) Construction of a second storehouse in Hirado continued.
 
Texts for Transcription
 
The original manuscripts for this transcription are preserved at the Nationaal Archief.  They are found in both the Archief Nederlandse Factorij Japan (NFJ) and the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie Archief (VOC).   Previously they were all classified under one section, the Koloniaal Archief (KA). The basic text for this transcription is:
 
Dagregister gehouden in Japan ‘t Comptoir Firando bij den E. President Couckebacker begint den 6 Sept. en eijndight 3. Febr Anno 1639
NFJ 53 (KA 11686)
 
A microfilm copy of the manuscript is also available in the Historiographical Institute at the University of Tokyo  (6998-1-3-2, 7598-1-5~8)
 
The above text has been fully collated by the editors with other manuscript copies, namely VOC 1124 (KA 1035).
 
Index
 
A comprehensive index of volumes 1-3 is provided in this volume.
 
 
9 August 1637 - 3 February 1639 (Volume Three)