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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1770

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 1
18 1/12/1770 Governor Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Seyaroux de Roche Molive makes application to be an apothecary, saying that Mr. Le Beau, the King’s physician in this city, would give him a certificate. He signed his application “J. M. J. G. Seyeroux de Roche Molive” to which he attached the certificate signed by Mr. Le Beau containing seven rules to be observed by apothecaries. On page 20 permission is granted to Mr. Le Beau to establish a pharmacy.
Archives 1
10 2/23/1770 Governor: O'Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the rules establishing the Spanish Government, including general instructions to the Cabildo, were ordered kept in the Archives.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 1
10 2/23/1770 Governor: O'Reilly, Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting a letter is presented from the Governor containing the rules and regulations governing the establishment of the Spanish Government, and general instructions to the Cabildo and Judges of the Province. This letter was read and ordered filed in the Archives. Letters by the Marquis of Grimaldi, Minister of State, and Don Julian de Arriage, Minister of the Indies and the Navy, were also read.
Laws 1
10 2/23/1770 Governor: O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Governor presents a letter to the Cabildo containing the rules and regulations for the establishment of the Spanish Government, with instructions governing the Cabildo and Judges of the Province. These rules were read and ordered kept in the Archives.
Officials--Governors--Don Alejandro O'Reilly 1
10 2/23/1770 Presents to the Cabildo rules and regulations for the establishment of the Spanish Government; and instructions governing the Cabildo and other judges of the Province. Also creates two offices of Notary Public, and made appointments to fill same. (See "Notary Public")
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Enrique Despris 1
10 2/23/1770 Appointed by O'Reilly at a meeting held at O'Reilly's residence, to one of the two offices of Notary Public created at this time. Don Enrique Despris is listed as wounded in the battle of Fort Mobile. (See Cabildo Book 2, page 19).
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Leonardo Mazange 1
10 2/23/1770 Is appointed to one of the two offices of Notary Public for the City, created by O'Reilly at this time.
Levees 1
16 3/1/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Commissioners resolved to cancel the permit to cart drivers to cross over the levee to unload ships.
Officials--Governors--Don Alejandro O'Reilly 1
16 3/1/1770 At this time O'Reilly informs the Cabildo of his contemplated departure. He left as his successor the Honorable Governor and President of this Cabildo, Unzaga.
Officials--Governors--Don Luis De Unzaga Y Amezaga 1
16 3/1/1770 O'Reilly departs, leaving Unzaga as Governor and President of the Cabildo.
Drayage 1
23 3/16/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The cart drivers are required to contribute two carts for use in filling the holes in the streets.
Officials--Governors--Don Luis De Unzaga Y Amezaga 1
22 3/16/1770 At this meeting a Royal Edict is read in which Don Andres Almonaster Y Rojas is named by the King as "Secretary of all His Kingdom" (or Dominions?). At the same time an appointment made by the Governor, Unzaga, names Don Andres Almonaster Y Rojas Notary Public of War and Royal Finance.
Officials--Royal Notary Public--Don Andres Almonaster Y Rojas 1
22 3/16/1770 Is named Notary Public of War and Royal Finance by the Governor-General (Unzaga). At the same time a Royal Edict is read naming him "Secretary of all His Kingdom" (or Dominions).
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 1
23 3/16/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Commissioners agreed to again inform the citizens through public edict what has been ordered in regard to repairing the sidewalks and the holes in the streets, and that the work must be finished during the coming month of April.
Bakeries 1
24 4/20/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General recommends that it should be made compulsory for the bakers to obtain flour from the inhabitants. The Commissioners agreed, also fixed a price on cake.
Prisons 1
24 4/20/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - A petition is presented by Mr. Butel Lalima asking payment for 916 pounds of iron used in making bars on the gallery of the Public jail.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 1
26 4/27/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this session it was noted that the affairs pertaining to the bridges had not been concluded, and the Commissioners resolved that the bridges be repaired by the citizens in proportion to the squares or the islands on which they live.
Officials--Auditor of War and Assessor General--Don Cecilio Odoardo 1
27 6/12/1770 Appointed Auditor of War and Assessor General (Commission creating this office on page 29).
Officials--Governors--Don Luis De Unzaga Y Amezaga 1
27 6/12/1770 Unzaga names Don Cecilio Odoardo Auditor of War and Assessor General. (Commission creating this position is shown on pages 29 and 30).
Commerce 1
31 6/30/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Attorney General presents a memorandum to the Cabildo. This memorandum (page 32) recommends that they petition the King to permit the export of tobacco free of duty, to the Cape of France. The Commissioners approved, and the petition was drafted for presentation to the King (Pages 34 and 35.)
Tobacco 1
32 6/30/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - A memorandum from the Attorney General calls attention to the adaptability of the land in raising tobacco, and to the fact that the exportation of this product is prohibited. He asks the Commissioners to petition His Majesty to permit them to export the tobacco free of duty to the Cape of France, and with the same liberty bring back Negroes on the return trip. (See “Commerce.”)
Markets 1
39 9/14/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting a contract is presented by four butchers of the city. The Commissioners approved, and agreed to ask the Governor to make known by proclamation, the conditions of this contract.
Fire 1
40 9/28/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General recommended that all the chimneys in the city be inspected, as a fire prevention measure. The Commissioners appointed stone masons to inspect them. Later (page 55) the Commissioners agreed to pay for all the work done on the chimneys.
Furniture and Fixtures 1
40 9/28/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners discussed the necessity of obtaining furniture for the Council chamber and files for the Archives, and agreed to have made a large book case to be closed with a lock, and some shelves, a desk for the Secretary and some curtains for the Cabildo’s parlor. It was agreed that the Finance Commissioner should pay for the book cases, curtains, tables, rugs and sixteen chairs needed for the Council Chamber.
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 1
41 10/5/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the minutes of the session of December 9th, 1769 (above) were read. It was stated that the City was suffering from a shortage of food supplies due to retailers going up and down the river and buying all the provisions they can find. The Commissioners decreed that all the boats anchor in front of the Plaza, and permit the sale of their goods at retail for a period of four hours, before they can sell in wholesale quantities. They also prohibited all persons from going up or down the river to buy provisions, under penalty of confiscation.
Land Grants 1
44 10/19/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting Don Francisco Sismar de Belislle asked for title to a piece of land granted to him by Don Alejandro O’Reilly.
Furniture and Fixtures 1
47 11/16/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners proposed to supply the Cabildo’s porters with uniforms, purchase a set of dogs, a shovel and a pair of tongs for the fire place, and four cords of wood. (Unzaga refused to approve this expense - page 48.)

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