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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1784

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 I 6 1784 Don Joseph Santiago Vigne - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 I 26 1784 Don Luis Fabre - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Officials--Annual Elections 2
206 1/1/1784 Don Francisco Maria de Reggio, Senior Judge; Don Esteban Bore, Junior Judge; Don Leonardo Mazange, Attorney General; Don Francisco Blache, City Treasurer
Lighting 2
210 1/30/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - An official document is read by the Secretary in which the Acting Governor sets a time for the illumination of the city to last three nights, and orders that the edict be posted in the accustomed places to inform the public; also that the “Te Deum” will be sung on Sunday after the parochial Mass in which the Cabildo must assist. - At the next meeting (page 211), a definite treaty of peace between Spain and England was read by the Secretary, and ordered filed in the Archives.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
210 1/30/1784 At this meeting a document is read by the Secretary in which the Acting Governor requests that the City be illuminated for three nights and that the "Te Deum" be sung. (This was evidently in thanksgiving for the end of the war between Spain and England, as at the next meeting of the Cabildo, Februatry 6th, 1784, a definite Treaty of Peace was presented to the Cabildo and ordered filed in the Archives.)
Military 2
211 2/6/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time an official document from the Governor of this Province was presented accompanied by a definite treaty of peace between Spain and England. At the previous meeting the Acting Governor ordered the city illuminated for three nights, and the “Te Deum” sung. - (On page 155 of Cabildo Book 3, Volume I, mention is made of a document containing this Treaty with England, but it is not shown.)
Slaves and Savage Negroes 2
214 4/26/1784 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Attorney General calls attention to the large number of Savage Negroes who are causing great damage and injury to the residents. The Commissioners agreed that a meeting of the inhabitants be called to consider measures to finance an expedition against them. A meeting was called for next Thursday, the 29th of this month.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 2
215 4/30/1784 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting, held the day after the citizens’ meeting, the Commissioners passed a number of stringent rules governing slaves and free Negroes.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 1
218 5/14/1784 Acting Governor: Miro, Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Commissioners resolved to appoint an agent to represent the Cabildo in the City and Court of Madrid. Don Juan Escalano was appointed. (July 7th, 1785, a letter is received from him accepting the assignment - See "LAWS").
Drayage 2
220 5/28/1784 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the damages done by carts with the drivers riding on top of them. The Commissioners ordered that the carts be numbered within fifteen days, which numbers shall be recognized in the office of the Cabildo.
Levees 2
219 5/28/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the damage done by animals (bovine and equine) on the levees and highways. The Commissioners agreed that animals be kept under fence during the harvest time, and that owners be compelled to brand their animals.
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Pedro Bertonier 3 I 220 5/28/1784 Is appointed Prosecuting Attorney (Notary Public) to fill the vacancy left by Rodriguez. Rodriguez resigned in his favor.
Roads 2
219 5/28/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the bad condition of the roads, especially to the ones belonging to Mr. de Kernion, Mr. Enoul Livaudais, Mr. Macarty and to a free Negro named Bacus, who owns more land than he can cultivate and for this reason neglects his roads.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 2
221 5/28/1784 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General again calls attention to the atrocities committed by the savage Negroes; to their forming large bands, and founding a village which they called Gaillard; to the murder of five white men in an American launch, residents of Bay St. Louis; to their savage chief “Senor Malo” (Bad Man) and his Lieutenant “El Caballero de la Hacha” (Knight of the Hatchet) who dared to fire upon a detachment of twenty creoles ordered by the Government to pursue them. He recommended that they inform Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Bouligny, Acting Commandant of this Province, that he may direct operations against them. The Commissioners unanimously agreed and instructed the Secretary to address a letter to Colonel Bouligny.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 2
224 6/4/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the fact that although Colonel Bouligny had complied with their request with a small detachment, he had not met with much success due to superior number of savages. He also mentions the uselessness of the expeditions of free Negroes and Mulattoes because of their reluctance in proceeding against these criminals, “who are themselves mostly creoles of this Province,” which reluctance is due to fear of reprisals against their families. He recommended that they ask Colonel Bouligny to send all available troops and the militia to accompany the free Negroes and mulattoes. The Commissioners agreed. - At the nest meeting (page 226) results of this combined expedition, under the command of Bouligny assisted by Guillemard, Doresville (Dorville), Godefroi, Dameron and Olivier Du Vezin, are given in detail. The following pages give details of the capture of the savage chiefs, the nature of some of their crimes, and the punishments administered.
Ecclesiastical 2
229 6/25/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Reverend Friar Cirilo de Barcelona addressed a letter to the Cabildo protesting the arrest of one of his servants during the quelling of an uprising of Savage Negroes. (See “Slaves and Savage Negroes.”) A heated controversy ensued resulting in an accusation that the priests refused spiritual consolation to the condemned men. (See Cabildo Book 3, Volume I, page 1).
Slaves and Savage Negroes 2
229 6/25/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Reverend Friar Cirilo de Barcelona addressed a letter to the Cabildo in which he protested the arrest of one of his servants for being present at a crime committed by the Negroes. A heated controversy ensued.
Ecclesiastical - Father Friar Antonio Sedella 3 I 1 7/2/1784 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - After a controversy with Reverend Father Cirilio de Barcelona concerning the arrest of one of his slaves (See “Slaves and Savage Negroes”) the Commissioners addressed a letter to His Majesty and one to the Bishop of Cuba accusing Father Antonio de Sedella of refusing spiritual assistance to the prisoners who were condemned at that time.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 3 I 1 7/2/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting two letters, one addressed to His Majesty and one to the Bishop of Cuba, are read by the Secretary, in which the Commissioners are submitting their controversy with Friar Cirilo de Barcelona and the Capuchin Fathers, in a petition to the King and to the Bishop of Cuba. (See pages 26, 27, 28, and 29.)
Ecclesiastical 3 I 6 7/9/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the high cost of marriages and burials, especially when the Capuchin Fathers will not take one step to bury anyone without first being paid. The Commissioners agreed to write to the Bishop of Cuba.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 3 I 7 7/30/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time Don Gilberto Guillman (Guillemard) presented a list of persons who participated in the expedition, with the amounts awarded by this Cabildo - also a statement of the amounts due various stores for supplies. The Commissioners agreed that these expenses be taken care of temporarily by the city funds, and in the meantime assess a tax on every slave to reimburse the City Treasury.
Markets 3 I 9 8/6/1784 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time a document is presented by the Contractor of the Butcher Shops pertaining to his various losses in fulfilling his contract. The Commissioners, knowing that the paper money had decreased in value, found his complaints just, and permitted a raise in the price of meat. (This document is shown on page 11).
Health Rules - Sanitation 3 I 10 8/27/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners, in the interest of public health, request the Reverend Cirilo de Barcelona not to permit burials (except of distinguished or notable persons) in the church grounds.
Banks 3 I 14 9/3/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting a Royal Order is presented to the Cabildo requiring duties on all monies entering Spain, not placed by the National Bank.
Ecclesiastical 3 I 14 9/3/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - A Royal Order is received from the King in which the Ecclesiastical Tribunals will not have jurisdiction over wills, inventories, seizures, etc.
Laws 3 I 14 9/3/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Governor enclosed a Royal Order in which the Ecclesiastical Tribunals will not have jurisdiction over the validity or nullity of wills, to make inventories, seizures, nor deposits left by testator. (The Royal Decree is shown in full on page 15).
Markets 3 I 18 9/10/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time there arose a discussion upon the advisability of establishing a market in this city; considered necessary in order to have all the retailers in one place. In view of the fact that the number of retailers had increased, the Cabildo decided to construct a market large enough to accommodate all the daily food supplies, to be independent of the butcher shop which was established more than two year ago. Such a place for the assembling of peddlers has been desired for some time in order that the goods they sell might be subject to inspection by the Commissioners. Rules governing this market and its use by the retailers are drafted and approved.
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Antonio Mendez 3 I 21 9/10/1784 Appointed to the position as a result of the resignation of Don Francisco Broutin. Having paid the Royal Fee, he was admitted to office. (Commission on page 22).
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3 I 23 9/17/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners discussed their repeated orders to the property owners to build the bridges, which have never been complied with. It was agreed to auction a contract to be paid from city funds and the amount prorated and collected from each individual to reimburse the City Treasury.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3
23 9/17/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners discussed their repeated orders to the property owners to build the bridges, which have never been complied with. It was agreed to auction a contract to be paid from city funds and the amount prorated and collected from each individual to reimburse the City Treasury.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3 I 23 9/17/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners discussed their repeated orders to the property owners to build the bridges, which have never been complied with. It was agreed to auction a contract to be paid from city funds and the amount prorated and collected from each individual to reimburse the City Treasury.
Fire 3 I 25 10/15/1784 Governor: Galvez; Roy Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Antonio De Jan (De Jean) presents bill for 156 Pesos for repairs to the fire pumps which are in his charge.
Markets 3 I 32 12/17/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time a bill is presented by Don Lorenzo Wilts for the construction of a room in the public market, to be used by the Commissioners
Ecclesiastical 3 I 32 12/24/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners discuss an appointment made by the Reverend Acting Bishop Cirilo, of a Superintendent of Factories (Church Warden) wherein he disregarded certain forms and customs followed by this Colony in the past, and they resolve to write a letter to him asking that this appointment be revoked. (At the next meeting, page 54, a letter from Galvez is read in which he asks that they apologize to the Acting Bishop for asking him to revoke his appointment. The Commissioners immediately nullified the act in so far as it applied to the appointment made by the Acting Bishop.)

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