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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1789

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 II 82 1789 Don Pedro Paulus - Admitted to Practice Medicine - Venereal Disease
Officials--Annual Elections 3 II 43 1/1/1789 Don Joseph de Ortega, Senior Judge; Don Andres Almonaster, Junior Judge; Don Roberto Avart (Assarte), Attorney General; Don Mathias Alpuente, City Treasurer
Currency 3 II 47 1/16/1789 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr.- The President presents an official letter enclosing a Royal Edict containing an order for the total extinction of paper money.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 II 48 1/23/1789 At this meeting of the Cabildo the Commissioners resolve to petition His Majesty to confer on Miro the Captaincy-Generalship of this Province, Mobile, Pensacola and annexes.
Ecclesiastical 3 II 50 2/13/1789 Governor: Miro: Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - Andres Almonaster y Rojas calls attention to his offer to rebuild the parochial church. He asked the Commissioners to fix a day for placing the four corner stones, and to appoint two Commissioners to place two of the stones - the first two stones to be placed by the Governor and the Reverend Father Vicar.
Prisons 3 II 53 3/13/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - Contract for rebuilding awarded to Don Augustin de Mc Carty - age 53. - Plate lead furnished by Don Antonio Majente - page 79. - Building completed - page 83. - Payment authorized - page 84.
Ecclesiastical 3 II 55 4/4/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this meeting the death of Carlos III is announced to the Cabildo. He died on December 14th, 1788. It was decided that funeral rites be held in the small church of the Hospital. (The other church having been destroyed by the fire of 1788.) - Pages 57 to 66 describe the ceremonies in connection with the funeral rites, also the coronation of Carlos IV.
Ecclesiastical - Father Friar Antonio Sedella 3 II 65 5/22/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The Commissioners, recognizing the magnificent eulogy delivered by Reverend Father Friar Antonio de Sedella at the funeral rites of Charles III, resolved to petition His Majesty to bestow upon him the title of “His Majesty’s Preacher” (Orator).
Fire 3 II 68 6/19/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this time Don Antonio Le Blanc presented a bill for making 100 leather buckets, ordered by the Royal Ensign.
Fire 3 II 69 7/3/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - Don Olivero Poleck presented a bill for the fire pump which he brought from Philadelphia on one of the ships which sailed from this city to obtain flour for this Province
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 3 2 69 7/3/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - In this resolution mention is made of a fire pump brought from Philadelphia on one of the ships which sailed from this city to obtain flour.
Cemeteries - Catholic 3 II 72 8/14/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - A Royal Order is received in which His Majesty approves construction of the new Cemetery and the building of houses on the ground occupied by the old cemetery.
Markets 3 II 74 9/4/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The Attorney General informs the Cabildo that the contract for the supply of meat, made by Hilario Bouttet, is about to expire, and that it would be harmful for only one individual to dominate this principal food, and beneficial to the public to permit the cattle raisers to transport, kill and sell their animals, by which method the public would obtain better meats. The Commissioners unanimously agreed that from the first day of January 1790, the supply of meat will be free from taxes on condition that the distribution be in a place which will pay three reales tax per head, and the price of meat will be one half a reale per pound.
Markets 3 II 75 9/18/1789 Governro: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this time the repairing of the public market which burned in the fire of last year, was discussed, and it was agreed to have a Commissioner visit the site and inspect the necessary work to be done, Don Francisco de la Barre was appointed.
Ecclesiastical 3 II 76 10/2/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this meeting the Attorney General calls to the attention of the Cabildo the inconvenience suffered by the people in attending Divine Services at the small ruined church, and recommends that the Commissioners send this petition to Almonaster to ascertain his intentions concerning his promise to rebuild the church, or to appeal to His Majesty to provide for the building. - On page 87, Cabildo Book 3, Volume II, the Commissioners decide to send a simple message to Almonaster. On page 91 (same book), Almonaster replies that he will begin repairing the church on the first of the coming month (February).
Levees 3 II 80 10/30/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The Governor informs the Cabildo that he has called a meeting of the residents of the Choupitoula (Tchoupitoulas) District to discuss the urgent repairs needed on the lands abandoned by Don Juan Mc Carty and Don Leonardo Masange. It was proposed that the Cabildo (with the approval of the King) proceed with the work to meet the urgency, and to “impose a contribution” to reimburse the treasury.
Building Rules 3 II 86 12/11/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr.- Don Joseph de Orue y Garbea petitioned the Cabildo for permission to build a house with a porch extending over the sidewalk. “Said porch, far from being an obstruction, will afford protection in time of rain or strong sun.” He further stated that the same porches are permitted throughout the Kingdom. The permit was granted.
Ecclesiastical 3 II 87 12/11/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - Complaint is received from the inhabitants of the city who are living in small houses constructed at their own expense (with the consent of the Governor) on land belonging to the garden of the Capuchin Fathers, that since the arrival of Friar Cirilo de Barcelona they are being charged high rent. The Commissioners sent their complaint to the Supreme Council of the Indies (See “Huts”).
Huts 3 II 87 12/11/1789 Governor Miro: Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time a petition is presented by the inhabitants of the city who are living in the small houses constructed at their own expense, with the consent of the Governor and Royal Father Vicar, on grounds belonging to the garden of the Capuchin Fathers. (They complain that they are being charged rent by the new Priest. See “Ecclesiastical.”)
Educational 3 II 86 12/23/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this meeting the Governor presented a Royal Order whereby His Majesty has allocated 40 scholarships in the Royal Seminary of Nobles in Madrid, for American gentlemen.

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