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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1788

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 II 10 1788 Don Jos. Labrese de la Cardelle - Admitted to Practice Medicine
Officials--Annual Elections 3 II 1 1/1/1788 Don Joseph Foucher, Senior Judge; Don Antonio de Argote, Junior Judge; Don Antonio Bienvenu, Attorney General; Don Mathias Alpuente, City Treasurer
Ecclesiastical - Father Friar Antonio Sedella 3 II 6 1/18/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - Father Friar Antonio de Sedella asks the Cabildo for a testimonial verifying his activity, zeal, etc., as a pastor of this Province during the time he has held that position. The Commissioners authorized the testimonial.
Military 3 II 5 1/18/1788 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The Governor presented a Royal Order granting commissions, “signed by His Royal Hand,” to the officers of the Militia of this province for services rendered during the last war, and extending the same grace to others who might serve in the future.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Carlos De Reggio 3 II 4 1/18/1788 Presents commission as Perpetual Commissioner and Royal Ensign issued in this favor by Don Estevan Miro, Governor. (Presents accounts left by his deceased father - page 6.)
Officials--Commissioners--Don Nicholas Forstall 3 II 4 1/18/1788 Receives Royal Order granting to him the privilege of naming his assistant.
Warehouse 3 II 5 1/18/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - Among other matters presented to the Cabildo by the Governor, at this time, is a Royal Order in which His Majesty decides to keep for His Royal Treasury the lot of ground next to His Royal Warehouses.
Markets 3 II 7 2/8/1788 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this time Pedro Giro (Guiot), Master Carpenter, presented a bill for work done in the public market, which was examined, found correct and ordered paid.
Officials--Secretary--Don Pedro Pedesclaux 3 II 10 3/14/1788 Appointed Secretary of the Cabildo and Notary Public due to resignation of Fernando Rodriguez in his favor.
Ecclesiastical 3 II 13 3/26/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this meeting mention is made of the Parish Church and the Priests’ house which were destroyed by fire on March 21st, 1788. (See “Fire.”)
Fire 3 II 13 3/26/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The Cabildo was called into extraordinary session at the home of the Governor on account of the disastrous fire which occurred on March 21st, 1788, and destroyed the Cabildo Building. Four-fifths of the populated section of the city was destroyed, including the Parish Church, the Priests’ home, the Cabildo and Jail. The Commissioner concerned themselves with the urgent needs of the victims of the fire - calling upon the Intendant to distribute relief for account of His Majesty.
Prisons 3 II 13 3/26/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - A record is given of the disastrous fire of March 21st, 1788, in which the jail was burned.
Fire 3 II 15 3/27/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The extraordinary session was continued to this date. The Commissioners implored the Intendant to continue giving aid to needy individuals, also to construct some cottages or barracks (of pickets) for shelter.
Fire 3 II 17 4/4/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The Intendant agrees to continue giving rations to the needy, but states that he cannot build the barracks as requested. He asked the Attorney General to give him a report of the most essential points which must be brought to the Royal consideration in order to obtain means for the prompt repairing of the common ruin. (On page 18 is the Attorney General’s report.)
Fire 3 II 21 4/18/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr - At this meeting the Commissioners discussed means to guard against another fire. They asked for four pumps, 60 leather buckets, and two hooks with chains 15 feet long attached.
Land Grants 3 III 22 4/18/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The Commissioners refused to grant to Don Luis Miguel Ficher Davigny a piece of ground near the Royal Tobacco Warehouse between the levee and the first line of houses.
Bell 3 II 25 5/9/1788 Governor: Miro: Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this meeting the Commissioners resolve to look for an appropriate bell to be located in the Government House, for use of the Guards who ring the hours; and other uses of the community. (On page 42-A, same book, Robert Jons presents a bill for erecting this bell against the Government Building.)
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 3 II 29 6/6/1788 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this time a bill is presented by the widow De Jan (De Jean) certified by Manuel Cuellar, for repairing the tools used by the convicts working on public works of this city.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3 II 29 6/20/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - A bill was presented by Antonio Guedry for repairing twenty-one bridges burned during the fire of March 21, 1788. Also a bill by Thomas Verbic for thirty-five bridges constructed before and after the fire (page 30).
Cabildo--The New Building 3 II 31 7/4/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign, De Reggio, Jr. - Due to the Cabildo Buildings being destroyed by fire on March 21 of this year, the Commissioners proposed the rebuilding of same on a lot found most proper on the Public Plaza - proposing the construction of the Public Market on the first floor.
Markets 3 II 31 7/6/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this time it was proposed to rebuild the Cabildo Building (which had been destroyed by the fire of March 21, 1788) constructing same with the public market on the first floor.
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Santiago Phillipe Guinault 3 II 32 7/18/1788 Appointed to fill the position vacated by Ruiz, who resigned.
Prisons 3 II 35 8/22/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this meeting mention is made of the necessity of repairing the roof and interior of the jail, and the “preservation of the walls, which have been left standing since the fire which occurred on March 21st of this year.”
Cemeteries - Catholic 3 II 39 10/17/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this time it was made known to the Cabildo that there are so many people buried in the cemetery, there is no room for more. It was proposed and agreed that another cemetery be established farther from the city. It was agreed that the opinions of skillful persons be obtained, and a location inspected.
Cemeteries - Catholic 3 II 40 10/24/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The opinions of the doctors and surgeons, and a report on a location, were submitted at this meeting. The Commissioners agreed upon a location in the rear of Charity Hospital, about 40 yards from its garden, to measure 300 square feet. The Governor was asked to obtain the approval of His Majesty. Later (page 67) Antonio Guedry presents a bill for expenses and personal labor in fencing the new cemetery.

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