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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1794

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 III 162 1794 Don Juan Cruzete - Admittted to Practice Medicine
Officials--Annual Elections 3 III 108 1/1/1794 Don Manuel Serrano, Senior Judge; Don Nicholas Duanoy, Junior Judge; Don Juan Bautista Sarpy, Attorney General; Don Juan de Castanedo, City Treasurer - Sarpy resigned because of illness and Juan Bautista Labatut was elected in his place (Page 127).
Wards and Districts 3 III 108 1/1/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Juan Bautista Durel - First Ward; Juan Labatout - Second Ward, Juan Soulier - Third Ward; Enrique Coupery - Fourth Ward. (All of the above asked to be excused from serving, page 109, and the following were elected in their places.) Don Felix de Arnaud - First Ward; Don Prospero Prior - Second Ward; Don Jaime Jorda - Thrid Ward; Don Juan Delhonde - Fourth Ward. (Don Jaime Jorda asked to be excused from serving, page 3, and Don Andres Guacarny was appointed to fill the place.
Ecclesiastical 3 III 115 1/10/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Andres Almonaster addressed a letter to the Cabildo in answer to recommendations of the Attorney General concerning Charity Hospital (See “Hospitals”) in which he states that the work on the Priests’ House and the Cathedral has not been completed due to several unjust lawsuits which have been brought against him in order to obstruct this work.
Hospitals - Charity Hospital 3 III 111 1/10/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Andres Almonaster answers the Attorney General (above) and states that he does not understand why a copy of the Royal Edict should be given to the Attorney General when such a step is not authorized by His Majesty, nor why the Attorney General should make recommendations to the Cabildo “who have no business in the case” etc. Stating (page 114) that “since the first of October 1786, when the first Mass was said and the first patients received in said Hospital, up to the end of April 1792, when the founder (himself) was deposed, he covered the expenses of the hospital with the income he fixed and there was sufficient and a littler over…”
Trespassing 3 III 118 1/31/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners discuss that hunters trespass upon lands without respect to property rights, destroy fences and otherwise cause damage. They asked the Governor to order an edict published prohibiting this abuse under penalty.
Lighting 3 III 128 4/25/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor and President informs the Cabildo that the street lamps which were ordered from Philadelphia, had arrived. Don Rudolph Joseph Ducros, one of the Commissioners was appointed to inspect the street lamps and report to the Cabildo.
Lighting 3 III 130 5/2/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Commissioner Ducros reports the receipt of eighty-six lamps, all being in good condition except eight, which were broken. The Commissioners decide on the manner of placing the lamps and appointed a master blacksmith named Brion to assist. They also discuss methods of taxing the inhabitants for the yearly upkeep of the lamps, etc. Commissioner Ducros was appointed to supervise the placing of the lamps, and also, with Don Carlos de la Chaise, to calculate the expense of the upkeep.
Lighting 3 III 136 5/23/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Commissioner Ducros presents an estimate of the cost of placing the lamps and recommends a method of placing them which was approved by the Commissioners. The Governor presented a statement from the Royal Internal Revenue Department showing duties owed to the Customs Department for the importation of the said lamps, which was ordered paid by the City Treasurer.
Bakeries 3 III 139 6/7/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners noted that the price of bread was not in accordance with the tariff approved on August 9th, 1793 (page 79), and resolved to notify the bakers.
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 3 III 138 6/7/1794 At a previous meeting of the Cabildo, May 16, 1794, Commissioner Francisco Pascalis de la Barre asked the Cabildo to petition His Majesty that Carondelet be made Captain-General of the Province. At this meeting they resolve to make the petition.
Lighting 3 III 140 6/20/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time, Roberto Amilton (later spelled Hametor) requested payment of fourteen Pesos for cleaning and repairing the street lamps.
Huts 3 III 144 6/27/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners rejected a suggestion made by the Chief Constable (page 140) that six more cabarets be opened to provide additional licenses with which to pay the extra bailiffs necessary for the prosecution of crime. The Royal Ensign (Almonaster) was requested to find a means of supplying these additional salaries. The Royal Ensign makes report (page 146) that it would be most convenient to tax all the small houses lately built on the levee, as well as counters used by merchants to display their goods. The Commissioners agreed to levy a tax on each small house.
Laws 3 III 144 7/11/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor presents a certified copy of a Royal Edict decreeing that homicide prisoners must not enjoy immunity unless the act was accidental or in self-defense.
Orphans 3 III 144 7/11/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - A certified copy of a Royal Edict, presented to the Cabildo by the Governor, mentions that His Majesty “has been pleased to decide in favor of the children of the Asylum.” (The question at issue requiring Royal decision is not indicated.)
Bakeries 3 III 147 8/1/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor informed the Cabildo that he had ordered the bakers to reduce the price of bread to 36 ounces for one reale; also provided penalties for various violations.
Lighting 3 III 146 8/1/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor and President suggests that a tax on each chimney be ordered to take care of the lighting of the city; double chimneys to be taxed as two. His Lordship obtained information from the Ward Commissioners that there are three thousand chimneys, and by taxing nine reales per year on each chimney, the lighting system could be maintained.
Commerce 3 III 148 8/8/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Secretary read an official letter from the Governor enclosing a decision rendered by His Majesty concerning the above representations regarding alteration of the Royal Edict on Commerce.
Levees 3 III 149 8/13/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - A meeting of the Cabildo is called by the Governor to discuss the repairing of the levee and meat market damaged by the hurricane on the night of the 10th inst. It was agreed to get the opinion of Don Giblerto Guillemard, Major of the Post, and Don Carlos Leveau Trudeau, Surveryo. (At the next meeting, page 151, it was agreed that the said Major should have charge of the repairs to the levee, and should submit a plan. As soon as the plans are made the work to be submitted to bids. Later, the plans are examined, page 152, and a date set for offering the contract.)
Markets 3 III 149 8/13/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The members of the Cabildo were convoked in extraordinary session by the Governor to discuss means for repairing the levee and meat market which were damaged by the river during a hurricane on the night of the 10th instant. They decided to hear an opinion of Don Gilberto Guillemard, Major of the Post, and Don Carlos Laveau Trudeau, Surveyor, which will be discussed at the next session of the Cabildo - At the next meeting (page 150), it was agreed that repairs to the market should be started at once, with Don Francisco de la Barre to supervise the work. The levee to be in charge of the Major, and the work submitted to bids.
Lighting 3 III 152 8/22/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners approved the rules made by the Governor concerning those who must take care of the street lamps; the rules to be printed and distributed to each Judge, to other individuals in charge of the police force and to those in charge of the lamps; the lamps to be lit on the 25th instant.
Levees 3 III 154 9/12/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time a bill is presented by Don Juan Baudry requesting that he be paid one third of 2,500 Pesos for repairs to the levee.
Lighting 3 III 155 9/12/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - A peitition is read presented by the master blacksmith, Don Juan Pedro Briot (also spelled Brion) enclosing a bill in the amount of 1,424 Pesos for placing eight-seven street lamps, making a step ladder fixed with iron and twelve cans in which to carry the oil.
Lighting 3 III 156 9/19/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - A bill is presented by Luis Ducho, printer, for printing fifty sheets containing the rules for the lamp keepers and the night police of the city. Another bill is presented by Roberto Hametor, (previously spelled Amilton) for repairs to the street lamps. - At this same time the Commissioners took under consideration the employment of a lantern maker to take charge of the repairs on a yearly contract.
Printing 3 III 156 9/19/1794 Governor: Carondelet: Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Luis Ducho, printer, presents a bill to the Commissioners for the printing of fifty sheets containing the rules for the lamp-keepers and the Night Police. (See “Lighting.”)
Trespassing 3 III 156 9/19/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time a representation is made by Don Beltran Gravier, Don Juan Bautista Mc Carty, Don Thomas Sales, Don Pedro de Marigny, Don Estevan Bore, Don Bautista Sarpy, and other inhabitants living on the outskirts of the city, complaining that many Negroes living on the Bayou St. John, as well as other from the city, continue to cut wood on their lands, destroy their cypress trees, and risk the lives of the inhabitants and their live stock by hunting. The Commissioners agreed to forward this complaint to the Governor.
Commerce 3 III 160 10/10/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Attorney General calls attention to the loss, by confiscation, of silver on board the ship “Arca de Noe” on its way to Philadelphia; stating that this silver belonged to families who were endeavoring to obtain necessities to clothe and feed themselves, and if deprived of this silver they would be left penniless. He asked the Commissioners to petition the King for clemency in this case and to permit trade with the United States due to difficulty in securing necessities from Europe. (On May 5th, 1802 the King pardoned and released from loss by confiscating those involved when the brigantine “Arca de Noe” was captured; also freed them from the bond they furnished. See Cabildo Book 4, Volume IV, page 218).
Lighting 3 III 163 10/24/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time an official letter from the Governor and President is read, enclosing a bill for the street lamps and reflectors which were transported here from Philadelphia on the ship “La Victoria,” amounting to 626 Pesos, 5 reales, and 39 Maravedis. The Commissioners agreed to reimburse the Royal Treasury for this amount, obtaining the proper receipt. - Also Don Santiago Freret presents a bill for the cost and transportation from Philadelphia, of twenty-two barrels of grease, which was approved. Don Pedro Durel, Master Cooper, presents bill for work done in the warehouse to store the grease. Don Carlos de la Chaise was appointed to examine this work and have it appraised by the other coopers; he approved the work and the Commissioners agreed to pay the said Pedro Durel (page 173).
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Francisco Brautin (or Broutin) 3 III 165 10/24/1794 At this time Don Francisco Brautin presents two Royal Commissions - one confirming his title as Notary Public of the city which position he obtained by bid August 9, 1790, (see above), and another Royal Commission making him Royal Notary Public of the Indies. (Pages 166 to 171).
Officials--Royal Notary Public--Don Francisco Brautin (or Broutin) 3 III 165 10/24/1794 Receives Royal Commission from the King making him Royal Notary Public for the Indies.
Bakeries 3 III 176 12/12/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - After the fire of December 8th, 1794, the price of flour was increased to 13 Pesos per barrel; the bakers were therefore permitted to reduce their loaf to 28 ounces.
Ecclesiastical 3 III 176 12/12/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners, considering that the Parish Church will be completed with a short time, decided to place the pews for use of the Members of the Cabildo, and commissioned Almonaster to have the pews built to be paid for out of the city funds.
Fire 3 III 175 12/12/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting mention is made of a fire which occurred on the 8th instant (December) in which the jail was destroyed. Mention is also made of the increase in the price of flour “due to the destructive fire in this city” which destroyed many business houses and provisions. The Royal Treasury was asked for an advance, to be reimbursed by the City Treasurer.
Prisons 3 III 175 12/12/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The urgent necessity of repairing the Royal Jail which was destroyed by fire on the afternoon of the 8th of December 1794, was discussed at this meeting. They agreed to request the two engineers of the City to submit a plan with an estimate of the cost, for approval. Edicts to be posted advertising for bids; contract to be awarded to the lowest bidder. - (At the next meeting, page 177, the plan, estimating cost at 1,000 Pesos, was approved and edicts ordered posted in the customary places.) It was also agreed to ask the Intendant for the necessary funds from the Royal Treasury, to be reimbursed by the City Treasury, page 176.)
Fire 3 III 177 12/16/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Attorney General makes two recommendations for the protection of the city from another fire. First, that the huts (See “Huts”) built on the lots belonging to the Capuchin Fathers, which were constructed for homeless people after the fire of 1788, be destroyed. Second, that the small houses on both sides of the Plaza be inspected by the engineers and the owners ordered to repair them in accordance with the recommendations of the engineers. The Commissioners decided to comply with the recommendation of the Attorney General concerning the huts, but nothing was decided upon concerning the small houses, as Don Andres Almonaster was the owner, so could not vote, and a vote could not be taken otherwise due to insufficient number of Commissioners present. At the next meeting, however, (page 179) the Commissioners agreed to comply with the wishes of the Attorney General concerning the small houses.
Huts 3 III 177 12/16/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Attorney General, calling attention to a fire which occurred the day before in one of the huts built on a lot formerly occupied by the Capuchin Fathers, recommends that the Commissioners request the Governor to order the said huts destroyed. He informs them that the huts are poorly constructed with straw and other combustible material, and were first erected by special permit granted to several homeless people after the fire of March 21st, 1788. The Commissioners agreed that the huts be destroyed.
Orphans 3 III 178 12/16/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Attorney General presented two measures for the prevention of fires (see “Fire”), one of which recommended that the small houses on both sides of the Plaza be inspected by the Engineers and reconstructed. This request was not acted upon at this time as Almonaster owned the said small houses, so could not vote in the matter. However, at the next session, page 179, a sufficient number of votes being taken, it was agreed to comply with the wishes of the Attorney General regarding repairs of the small houses.
Fire 3 III 180 12/19/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Attorney General, recounting among other calamities, the “destructive fire we have recently experienced, which reduced to ashes one-third of the best buildings of the city ….five hurricanes, many floods, and two great fires….”recommended to the Commissioners that they petition the King for a loan of 1,000,000 Pesos to be loaned to the owners of the houses burned by the last fire, so that they may rebuild with brick. It was agreed to forward this petition to His Majesty, through the Governor.
Hurricanes 3 III 180 12/19/1794 Governor Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - In the recommendations of the Attorney General asking the Cabildo to petition the King for a loan of 1,000,000 Pesos to be loaned to the owners of houses which were burned by the last fire so that they might rebuild with brick, he mentions the many calamities endured since 1779, including “five hurricanes, many floods and two great fires.”
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Francisco De Sales Badillo 3 III 179 12/19/1794 Don Antonio Mendez resigns in favor of Don Francisco de Sales Badillo.

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