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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1793

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Officials--Annual Elections 3 III 37 1/1/1793 Don Manuel Serrano, Senior Judge; Don Nicholas Duanoy, Junior Judge; Don Juan Bautista Sarpy, Attorney General; Don Domingo Lemos, City Treasurer - Domingo Lemos refused the position (Page 40) and Juan de Castanedo was elected in his place.
Wards and Districts 3 III 38 1/1/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Guillermo Marre - First Ward; Juan Bautista Labatut - Second Ward, Juan Soulier - Third Ward; Enrique Coupry - Fourth Ward. Don Guillermo Marre is excused from service (Page 48) and Don Bautista Durel is elected.
Levees 3 III 44 1/11/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Governor informs the Cabildo that the levee is in need of repairs from the Fort of St. Charles to the huts. (See “Huts.”)
Fire 3 III 49 2/1/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Lieutenant Governor in the name of the Governor, suggests that a capable person be employed to maintain the fire engines, at a monthly salary. The Commissioners state that the late Don de Jan (De Jean) had been paid 50 Pesos per month for the two fire engines in his charge; and after his death, Don Espiritu Liotau (Liautau) had taken charge of the engines until the time of the fire in which they were burned. The matter was left pending until the next Cabildo. (At the next meeting, page 50, Liotau (Liautau) was appointed to have charge of the fire engines. He was required to operate the engines each month in the presence of the Commissioners, and further instructed to construct a house of lumber for the protection of the fire engines, pages 55 and 71.)
Levees 3 III 52 2/15/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - In an official letter, the Governor recommends payment of the men who, under Gilberto Guillemard, Sergeant Major of the Post, and Don Carlos Trudeau, Surveyor General, started and finished the repairs to the levee on the lands of Don Lorenzo Sigur. Payment to be made from the city funds, reserving the right to claim reimbursement from Sigur.
Weights and Measures 3 III 54 2/22/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor presents a petition from Francisco Fernandez asking for the position of Inspector of Weights and Measures. The Attorney General informs the Cabildo (page 58) that Francisco Fernandez is a discharged employee of this Cabildo, and that it is his opinion that Santiago Nicolas is more worthy of this position. At the next meeting (page 59) Nicolas receives the appointment, and Don Manuel Serrano was requested to draft a set of rules for his use. (On page 61 these rules are given in toto. On page 110 Nicolas provides a stamp to be used on all weights and measures.)
Levees 3 III 57 3/15/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Attorney General produced the receipts for payment he made to the laborers for repairs to the levee on the lands of Lorenzo Sigur.
Markets 3 III 60 4/12/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Governor informed the Cabildo that the slaughter house on the outskirts of the city could not remain there because the fortifications are being constructed at the same place. The Commissioners agreed to permit the butchers to use a piece of land, belonging to the city, located at the end of the Bayou next to land belonging to Don Gabriel Peyroux, for the erection of their slaughter house.
Levees 3 III 62 4/19/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The importance of draining the river was discussed at this meeting, in order to avoid the flooding of the city, and it was agreed that the Attorney General make a presentation in writing stating the manner of work to be done in cleaning one arm of the river called Chiafalaya (Atchafalaya) which at this time is obstructed with a pallisade carried by the current, “in order to see if those waters take their course.”
Fire 3 III 63 4/26/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor states that he has been offered two fire engines and a certain number of buckets at cost price. The Commissioners resolved to have same inspected. On receiving a report of the inspection (page 46) the purchase was authorized.
Fire 3 III 69 6/14/1793 Governor: Carondelet: Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Empiritu Lioto (Liautau) asks to be excused from his position as he had undertaken other work for His Majesty. The Commissioners elected Don Juan Santiago Chaise to fill the position.
Ecclesiastical 3 III 71 6/28/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Theodoro Thyrzo Enrique Henriques informs the Cabildo that he has been transferred to Havana, and that Don Patricio Walsh, Chaplain of the Regiment, has been appointed to the Vicarship of this Province.
Military 3 III 73 6/28/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor informs the Cabildo that His Majesty has decided to declare war on France because of repeated insults and hostilities that nation has committed against our Nation. The Commissioners agreed to contribute to the expense of the war. Later (page 132) a letter of thanks is received from the King.
Military 3 III 74 7/5/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor presented a Royal Edict concerning the creation of a company of Royal guards for the American gentlemen.
Markets 3 III 75 7/12/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At the time the Commissioners discussed the fact that Don Gabriel Peyroux had taken judicial action, requesting that his land, located on the road of the Bayou, be left alone by the butcher.
Ecclesiastical 3 III 78 8/9/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor requests the Cabildo to attend Mass in a body on Sunday, the 11th, to offer prayers for the success of His Majesty’s Army. (See “Military.”)
Trespassing 3 III 81 8/16/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Royal Ensign made known that hunters are entering into the lands which are occupied and fenced, discharging their guns too close to the houses and sometimes killing animals. He asked that measure be provided to stop this abuse.
Commerce 3 III 86 9/16/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign; Almonaster - At this time the Governor presented a copy of the Royal Order of June 9th, in which His Majesty extends the commercial rights granted to this Province. The Commissioners extended thanks but asked the Governor to request that three points be altered concerning the route of ships, duties involved, etc. (On page 102 the Attorney General presents some recommendations to present to the King in regard to the above Royal Order of June the 9th.)
Hospitals - Charity Hospital 3 III 91 10/18/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor presents a copy of a Royal Edict in which the Royal Supreme Council for the Indies approves the rules of the new Charity Hospital built at the expense of Andres Almonaster and indicating the approval of His Majesty of the name of “St. Charles,” and the naming of Almonaster as Patron and Founder of same. The Attorney General requests a copy of the Edict, stating he has not understood its contents, and the Commissioners agreed that a certified copy be give him.
Levees 3 III 94 11/11/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Bartholome Lebreton addressed a communication to the Governor showing the abandonment of land by Don Joseph Xavier de Pontalba, which he had bought, and which he wishes to abandon for the same reason Pontalba had done so. The Commissioners asked the Governor not to accept abandonment.
Hospitals - Charity Hospital 3 III 100 12/13/1793 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Attorney General presents his opinion regarding the copy of the Edict furnished in reference to the endowment, cleanliness and management of the Charity Hospital. He goes into the expenses, and recommends an additional endowment.

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