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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1787

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Officials--Annual Elections 3 I 144 1/1/1787 Don Pedro Chabert, Senior Judge; Don Carlos de Reggio, Junior Judge; Don Francisco Joseph Dorville, Attorney General; Don Pedro Bertonier, City Treasurer
Hospitals - Charity Hospital 3 I 149 1/12/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. Pedro Roger, who is sick in the Charity Hospital, presents a complaint to the Cabildo that Don Andres Almonaster wants to eject him if he does not pay fifteen Pesos monthly. The Commissioners agreed to send the complaint to the Governor.
Tobacco 3 I 148 1/12/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: D Reggio, Sr. Don Joseph de Ortega y Diaz, Director of Manufacturing of Tobaccos of the Province, is denied the privilege of practicing as a lawyer.
Furniture and Fixtures 3 I 150 1/19/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners were informed at this time that the golden handles were worn out on the batons used by the judges, and the porters needed to be furnished with mourning draperies to be used on necessary occasions.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 3 I 153 2/9/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Governor asks the Commissioners not to ignore the fact that twelve hundred Pesos are due several citizens for slaves killed during the expeditions; that they funds collected in 1784 to take care of such cases, are exhausted. It was proposed to petition His Majesty to permit them to tax the Negro buyers one Peso for each Negro imported, to provide a fund to be used only in such cases.
Cabildo--The New Building 3 I 156 2/23/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign, De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Commissioners discussed the erection of a new building for the Cabildo, and asked for plans to be presented to His Majesty.
Currency 3 I 157 3/2/1787 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Commissioner Don Juan Arnoul suggests that they request the Intendant to exchange a thousand "Mexican Silver Pesos" for an equal amount of paper money from the City Treasurer. The Commissioners agreed to make the request. (On page 158 an official letter from the Intendant General agreed to the exchange.)
Bayous 3 I 159 3/9/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The "small Bayou de la Cruz" is mentioned in this act in a report to the Cabildo that Don Gabriel Peyroux has stopped the current in another Bayou, which is detrimental to the public.
Coat of Arms 3 I 164 3/30/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Governor presents a Royal Order from His Majesty in which he orders that the Coat of Arms of this city be changed - that in place of the lillies at the upper part of the Arms, the Castle and Lion of Spain be placed.
Currency 3 I 165 4/20/1787 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Commissioners decide that their request concerning the withdrawal of paper money from the Colony must have been lost en voyage, resolved to send a duplicate to His Majesty.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Nicholas Forstall 3 1 167 5/4/1787 Is appointed to the Command of Opelousas and made Captain of Militia of that town by Governor Miro.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 3 I 167 5/4/1787 At this meeting mention is made of the "deceased Count de Galvez," and at the same time Miro presents a Royal Commission naming him Actual Governor of the city and Province, in command of Mobile and Pensacola. Don Joseph Espeleta is made Captain-General. (See Page 178 same volume).
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 I 166 5/4/1787 Miro informs the Cabildo of the intention of Galvez ("deceased Captain-General of this Province") to separate the command of the towns of Opelousas and Atakapas due to increased population. He therefore appoints Don Nicolas Forstall to the command of Opelousas, and leaves Don Alejandro Declouet in command of Atakapas.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 I 167 5/4/1787 Receives Royal Commission naming him Actual Governor of the City and Province of Louisiana and in command of Pensacola and Mobile.
Hospitals - Small Pox Hospital 3 I 173 6/8/1787 Governor: Miro: Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Governor informs the Cabildo that he has ordered the construction of a small house to lodge the Negroes afflicted with small pox. He also points out the necessity of another house across the river for all persons with small pox. Two Commissioners were appointed to locate such a house and arrange for purchase.
Hospitals - Small Pox Hospital 3 I 175 6/22/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the purchase of the house is reported, act of sale passed and the price paid. After which it is brought out that the Count de Galvez (former Governor) had built a hospital and a house for the convalescent in the same location for the same purpose, and the Commissioners are faced with the responsibility of having uselessly invested the city’s funds.
Hospitals - Small Pox Hospital 3 I 178 7/13/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time a memorandum is presented by Don Filberto Farge offering to rent the house on the other side of the river, located in front of that destined for housing the afflicted with small pox. The Commissioners accepted his offer of 100 Pesos yearly and agreed to issue a lease for five years.
Ecclesiastical 3 I 181 8/17/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Governor General presents a Royal Order concerning divorce cases, alimony, marriages of minors, etc. (See “Laws”). Also a Royal Order that the law be complied with relative to concessions to the Congregation of Presbyterians.
Laws 3 I 181 8/17/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Governor submits five Official letters in which His Majesty commands: (1) That the Ecclesiastical Judges of the Indies can only act in divorce cases, without interfering in any way with alimonies, expense for lawsuits, restoration of dowry, etc.; (2) That the law be complied with in regard to concessions to the Congregation of Presbyterians, either rural or within the city limits; (3) That the law be complied with relative to the extraction and destination of prisoner who take refuge at the asylum; (4) That all abide by the law relative to the marriages of minor children; (5) That the law be complied with relative to the risk of the contracts of Maritime Exchange, which should be from shore to shore as expressed therein.
Commerce 3 I 182 8/31/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. At this time the Attorney General presented a petition relative to seizures made against several individuals and traders for the importation of flour seemingly from the United States of America. The Commissioners resolved, due to the scarcity of flour, to submit to His Majesty the pardon of the individuals mentioned, and to ask His Majesty’s permission to import flour, when scarce, from the nearest and most convenient places. (Petition shown on pages 183 to 186.)
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 3 I 182 8/31/1787 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to seizures made against several individuals and traders relative to the importation of flour seemingly from the United States of America. (See “Commerce.”)
Hospitals - Charity Hospital 3 I 187 9/28/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Messrs. Aubry and Falcout, the first a former Governor and the second a former Intendant of this Province during the French Administration, asked the Royal Ensign (Reggio) for testimonials written in the Spanish Language. The Royal Ensign asked for copies of documents filed in the Archives showing their activities regarding the location where the Charity Hospital of this city should be.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Luis Toutan Beauregard 3 I 191 11/9/1787 Selected by the Commissioners to fill the position of Royal Ensign, (temporarily), due to the death of Don Francisco Maria de Reggio, pending an appointment by the Governor.
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Matias Alpuente Ruiz 3 I 192 11/23/1787 Appointed by the Governor to fill the position of Prosecuting Attorney (Notary Public).
Courts 3 I 193 12/7/1787 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Governor informs the Cabildo of a judgment rendered in the Tribunal of Appeals of this Province in the City of Havana in which Don Antonio Ramon de Morejon y Gato was appointed to receive all cases of appeal which may be sent to him to enable him to make a brief of same to present to said Tribunal. (Copy of document on page 194.)

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