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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1781

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 2
66 1781 Don Juan Morain - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Officials--Annual Elections 2
43 1/1/1781 Don Jacinto Panis, Senior Judge; Don Guydo Dufossat, Junior Judge; Don Antonio Joseph Azetier, Attorney General; Don Francisco Blache, City Treasurer
Carnival 2
47 1/19/1781 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Because of the great multitude of troops and crews from the ships, (due to the state of war between Spain and England), and the great number of free Negroes and slaves in the city, the Attorney General recommends that all kinds of masking and public dancing by the Negroes be prohibited during the Carnival Season.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
48 1/19/1781 At this meeting the Commissioners grant permission to a carpenter to retain his shack on the river bank "until all the ships destined for the expedition to Pensacola have been cleared and departed from this port and Province."
Taverns 2
52 3/30/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General recommends that the City Treasurer be ordered to present his accounts within three days, and that the license of the private taverns be renewed. (It is revealed later, page 58, that the City Treasurer was discharged because of shortage in his accounts du largely to his inability to collect the license on taverns. See “Military.”)
Fire 2
52 4/27/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General explained at this time that the ladders and leather buckets provided to the various homes had not been used as conscientiously as had been expected during the fires of the 26th and 27th of March; and that those who had presented themselves to assist did not work with the activity required under the circumstances. He recommended that the ladders and buckets be kept in the Capitol House for better care. He also recommended that axes and hooks be made. The Commissioners agreed to his recommendation regarding the axes and hooks.
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 2
53 4/27/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General again calls attention to persons who go aboard ships before they land to buy their cargoes, which they in turn sell to the inhabitants at exorbitant prices.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
55 5/18/1781 Don Pedro Piernas, Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Armies and Acting Commandant of the Province, informs the Cabildo of the surrender of Pensacola on the 8th inst., including all the forts held by the English in that Province.
Bayous 2
56 5/25/1781 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - In this act mention is made of “two bridges over Little Bayou” pertaining to a complaint that one bridge has been removed by Don Gabriel Peyroux, “with the depraved intention” of making the Negro washer woman pay half a reale for using the other one (evidently on his land) in washing clothes.
Military 2
59 5/25/1781 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Luis Boisdore is discharaged as City Treasurer (page 58) and among various shortages in his accounts is an item of 509 Pesos which he could not collect due to the absence of the debtors at war. (It is later revealed, page 87, by a letter from the Cabildo to Galvez in which they remind him that he saw fit to release the Major Domo from payment of this amount.)
Commerce 2
60 6/15/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Minister of the Indies, Joseph de Galvez, is authorized by the King to notify the Governor of the Province to offer protection to the inhabitants due to the hurricane of August 14th, and requests the Governor to give all assistance possible. Having read these instructions at a meeting of the principal land owners (page 63) to discuss the most appropriate means to comply with the King's instructions, they presented their needs in a document written in French, to be copied after its translation. The Commissioners approved this petition, and added some suggestions of their own in regard to free commerce. (This letter suggestion by the Commissioners was severely criticized by Galvez who stated that he had himself solicited the benefit of Commerce from the King, and they should have awaited results. Page 82.)
Fire 2
60 6/15/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time an itemized account was presented by Blacksmith De Jean for repairs made to the leather buckets and to the pumps amounting to 148 Pesos. The Commissioners authorized payment. (Later, page 64, the Commissioners recognizing the zeal, carefulness and interest of Blacksmith Andres de Jon (De Jean) agreed to employ him at five Pesos per month to keep the pumps and buckets in good condition.)
Hurricanes 2
60 6/15/1781 Governor Galvez: Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time a letter is presented to the Cabildo by Don Martin Navarro, Intendant of the Province, addressed to him by Don Joseph de Galvez, expressing the sympathy of the King in the disaster caused by the hurricane of August 14, 1780, and offering all possible assistance.
Hurricanes 2
60 7/13/1781 Governor Galvez: Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Royal Ensign presents an official document sent to him by the Governor in which the King orders the Governor to offer in His Majesty’s name all assistance that may be given under the circumstances. This document was read at a meeting of the principal land owners who were permitted to draft a petition to the King covering appropriate means to comply with the said instructions. - (In this document, the date of the hurricane is given as August 24th, 1780 - page 63.)
Markets 2
67 7/27/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting mention is made of a market and warehouse which is being constructed. (See “Warehouse.) - At this same time it is decided to procure a new contractor for furnishing meat, as the old contract is about to expire; and there is complaint of the shortage of meat and the carelessness of the old contractor.
Printing 2
67 7/27/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensing: De Reggio, Sr. - Due to heavy expenses on the City Treasury, the salary granted to Don Antonio Boudousquie in January 1777, as a printer, was abolished. (See “Warehouse.”)
Slaves and Savage Negroes 2
65 7/27/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Pedro La Vigne, land owner on the coast of the Allemans, requests payment of two hundred Pesos for a savage negro killed in resisting arrest by the Indians. Don Juan Morales, Treasurer of the said fund by orders of the Governor, dissents on the ground that this payment is in order only when a slave is condemned to death by a court of Justice. The Commissioners referred him to the Act passed 4/9/1779 (above).
Warehouse 2
66 7/27/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General informs the Cabildo that the finances of the city are in bad condition and something must be done to reduce expenses. The Commissioners, considering that the building under construction to serve as a market and warehouse will require much money to complete, decide to abolish the salaries of the printer, Boudousquie, and the Appraiser and Inspector of Factories, Escol.
Commerce 2
68 8/17/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the urgent need of food and clothing for the Colony, and recommends that the French vessels, having permission to navigate the river for the exportation of lumber, should bring to this nation food and other necessary merchandise. (On page 91 is a letter from Galvez regarding the admission of French vessels to the port.)
Courts 2
73 8/17/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the abuse committed by Don Rafael Perdomo, Prosecuting Attorney (See "Notary Public"), in exacting from his clients larger fees than agreed upon by the tariff formed by O'Reilly. Also to the fact that Don Juan Doroteo del Postigo, Auditor of the War and Assessor, (Page 72), should not be allowed to receive taxes from the new colonists. The Commissioners agreed to submit this matter to the Supreme Council.
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 2
68 8/17/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royan Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Attorney General suggested to the Commissioners the possibility of the admission of French ships to this port (due to the capture of Pensacola) to supply the necessary provisions. (See “Commerce.”)
Markets 2
71 8/17/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Joseph Collette, resident of this city and rancher of the town of New Iberia, asked permission to bring some cattle to this city, without interference from the Commandants of the Posts of Atakapas and Opelousas.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 2
71 8/17/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Juan Morales states that serious attention to his employment will not permit him to continue in the collection of the funds for the hunting and prosecution of savage Negroes. The Commissioners agreed to appoint Don Juan Arnaul, Commissioner and Receiver of Fines, to receive and distribute the said funds.
Taxes 2
72 8/17/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General advises that the Auditor and Assessor of War, Don Juan Doroteo del Postigo, should not be allowed to collect taxes from the new colonists, in view of the high salary assigned to his office.
Warehouse 2
70 8/17/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - A memorandum is presented by Don Francisco Sismar de Belisle asking for payment of one thousand Pesos from the City Treasury on account of amount due him when the warehouse is completed and delivered.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Francisco Pascalis De La Sestera Y La Barre 2
73 9/7/1781 Receives the usual Royal Confirmation (See Page 78.)
Hospitals - Charity Hospital 2
75 9/14/1781 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Attorney General calls attention to the deplorable condition of the poor due to destruction of the Hospital by “ consecutive hurricanes.” The Commissioners agreed that the deliberation in regard to this same matter made at a previous meeting must be fully complied with, and that they be furnished with an account of the funds on hand by the Administrator of the Hospital, in order to take the necessary steps for the rebuilding of same.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
74 9/14/1781 Don Pedro Piernas presents a document to the Cabildo in which the King officially recognized Mobile and Pensacola as Louisiana territory to be governed by Galvez as Governor and Captain General. Commissioners send congratulations.
Taverns 2
50 9/24/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Luis Boisdore presents a statement of the funds in his possession during the last year. After examining this statement the Commissioners returned it to the City Treasurer in order that he may clear the difficulties found in the collection of fees from the Taverns, Cafes, Billiards and Boarding Houses; also the port duties on liquor brought to the city by the Captains and Pilot who refuse to pay, stating they are immune from duties - being chartered by the King. (See “Military.”)
Levees 2
77 10/12/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Attorney General gave notice of the little solidness of the roads and levees above and below the city on both sides of the river, and the frequent damage to crops caused by breaks formed in the lands which cave in. The Commissioners appointed two of their number to inspect the locations and take steps for the repair of the levees and roads in the shortest possible time.
Roads 2
77 10/12/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the neglect of the roads and levees above and below the city on both sides of the river.
Markets 2
88 11/9/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - In a letter to Galvez defending their action in dispensing with the services of the printer and others, mention is made of “certain works to complete the construction of the market.” (See “Warehouse.”)
Warehouse 2
88 11/9/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - In a letter to Galvez concerning the sortage of funds in the City Treasurer, the Commissioners mention in the dismissal of the printer and others in order to provide funds for the completion of the building “approved by Your Excellency…such as cementing the walls inside and out, the paving with brick along the length and width of the building….” The building referred to as “The market.”

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