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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1802

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 IV 210 1802 Dr. Olivero Hotfield - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Officials--Annual Elections 4 IV 148 1/1/1802 Don Nicholas Forstall, Senior Judge; Don Francisco Caisergues, Junior Judge; Don Pablo Lanusse, Attorney General; Don Juan de Castanedo, City Treasurer
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 4 IV 151 1/8/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Considering that the work of repairing the bridges has been concluded, which work has caused the residents a delay in constructing their sidewalks and gutters due to necessity of keeping a uniform grade, the Commissioners agreed to appoint an expert to give the proper grading. (See “Drainage.”)
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 151 1/8/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The building of the sidewalks having been delayed by the construction of the bridges and gutters due to the necessity of maintaining a uniform grading, the Commissioners resolved to compel the inhabitants to construct their sidewalks and gutters in the most suitable manner, and to employ an expert to give them the proper grading for drainage.
Wards and Districts 4 IV 150 1/8/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Syndics: Jose Witos, Norberto Fortier, Santiago Fortier - District: Coast of Tchoupitoulas; Syndics: Decamino Dauterive, Monsieur Zeringue, Franc, Delille Dupare (or Dupart) - District: Other side of river - upper section; Syndics: Bartholome Duverges, Fletcher - District: Other side of river - lower section; Syndics: Salomon Prevost, Juan Bautista Riviere - District: This side of river - Gate of St. Charles; Syndic: Lorenzo Farascou - District: Bridge of the Bayou to Metairie; Syndic: Monsieur Drieux, Sr. - District: Gentilly.
Wards and Districts 4 IV 150 1/8/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Juan Bautista Durel* - First Ward; Don Santiago Pilot (Pitot)* - Second Ward; Monsieur Desillet, Jr.* - Third Ward; Don Enrique Coupery - Fourth Ward; Don Carlos Girffon (Grifon) - Road of the Bayou; Don Juan Bautista Verret - Santa Maria Ward; Don Luis Bruno Girodeau (Girandeau) - Gate of San Carlos (St. Charles). (*Durel and Desilet were excused from service (page 156) and Don Manuel Lopez and Fernando Alvar filled their places. Pitot was required to serve until his departure for Europe.)
Officials--Governors--Don Manuel De Salcedo 4 IV 154 1/15/1802 Salcedo changed the arrangement of the box at the Theatre, (made by Vidal), thereby insulting the Commissioners. (see "THEATRES"). (This act, together with the general antagonistic attitude of the Governor toward the Cabildo, precipitated a controversy and created a hostile atmosphere abetween them which lasted throughout this administration. (See "Cabildo, Establishment and Administrative Functions").
Taxes 4 IV 154 1/15/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners recall that when the Theatre was established, there were only four Commissioners out of the original six to represent this Cabildo at the performances. El Baron de Carondelet, Governor at that time, ordered that the box in front of the stage be divided into two parts - the one to the right, larger and more prominent for the use of the members of the Cabildo, and the smaller one to the left for the use of His Lordship and family. This arrangement continued until the administration of Gayoso, notwithstanding the fact that the number of Commissioners had increased to twelve; after the death of Gayoso, Acting Governor Vidal immediately gave orders to the manager of the theatre that the partition be removed for the reason that the box for the members of the Cabildo should not be alongside but in the center of the stage, with sufficient space. The Commissioners had been in possession of this larger box until the threatre was recently opened when it was noted that the box was again divided into two boxes and the smaller on the left set aside for the use of the members of the Judiciary and City Administration. Considering themselves insulted, neither the Judges nor the Commissioners have attended, etc. They address an official letter to the Governor enclosing copy of the act of July 27th, 1799, also, a copy of the Royal Order requesting His Lordship to issue the proper orders to the manager of the theatre so that he may place at the disposal of this Cabildo a box large enough for its members, and located in the center facing the stage. (See also page 156, 160, 162, and 170 covering the controversy with this Governor.)
Theatre 4 IV 154 1/15/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners recall that when the Theatre was established, there were only four Commissioners out of the original six to represent this Cabildo at the performances. El Baron de Carondelet, Governor at that time, ordered that the box in front of the stage be divided into two parts - the one to the right, larger and more prominent for the use of the members of the Cabildo, and the smaller one to the left for the use of His Lordship and family. This arrangement continued until the administration of Gayoso, notwithstanding the fact that the number of Commissioners had increased to twelve; after the death of Gayoso, Acting Governor Vidal immediately gave orders to the manager of the theatre that the partition be removed for the reason that the box for the members of the Cabildo should not be alongside but in the center of the stage, with sufficient space. The Commissioners had been in possession of this larger box until the threatre was recently opened when it was noted that the box was again divided into two boxes and the smaller on the left set aside for the use of the members of the Judiciary and City Administration. Considering themselves insulted, neither the Judges nor the Commissioners have attended, etc. They address an official letter to the Governor enclosing copy of the act of July 27th, 1799, also, a copy of the Royal Order requesting His Lordship to issue the proper orders to the manager of the theatre so that he may place at the disposal of this Cabildo a box large enough for its members, and located in the center facing the stage. (See also page 156, 160, 162, and 170 covering the controversy with this Governor.)
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 158 1/29/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Acting Bishop, Don Thomas Harrete (or Hassete), replied to the above, stating that the Holy Church has already made an appeal to His Majesty opposing the sale of said lots, and he therefore has no jurisdiction. (On page 159 the Governor informed the Cabildo that when the sale of the lots was agreed upon it was resolved that the proceeds be kept separate, in case His Majesty should award the lots to the Church, whatever funds were collected might be turned over to them.) The Commissioners resolved to make a second request to the Bishop to remove the bodies.
City Limits 4 IV 159 1/29/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners recall that several years ago certain proceedings were started for the purpose of knowing and fixing the limits of this city; which work had been stopped. They resolved to have this work continued.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 4 IV 157 1/29/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Don Pedro de la Roche and Don Juan de Castanedo inform the Cabildo that they have fulfilled the Commission to look after the construction of the gutters to which they were appointed as special Commissioners on February 6th, 1801 (page 70), and have constructed 148 covered gutters in different intersections, amounting to 3,514 Pesos and one-half reale, which sum has been advanced by the City Treasurer, and they request a credit voucher for the City Treasurer
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 4 IV 172 2/12/1802 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners, considering the various important matters the Cabildo has had requiring legal advice, agree to appoint Don Josef Martinez de la Pedrera as Advisor to the Cabildo at a salary of five hundred Pesos per year.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 172 2/12/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners, considering the various matters the Cabildo has had with the Civil Government, the Church etc., requiring legal advice, resolve to appoint Don Josef Martinez de la Pedrera to represent the Cabildo as its counselor.
Courts 4 IV 172 2/12/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Due to various controversies with the Civil and Military Government, with the Intendant General's Office and with the Church, the Commissioners decide to employ a lawyer to advise the Cabildo.
Health Rules - Vaccination 4 IV 173 2/12/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Attorney General presented a memorandum in which certain families were requesting that vaccination be permitted. The Commissioners resolved to forward this representation to the Governor so that he may order inspection by the physicians; the physicians being requested to state (in a meeting to be held before the Governor) if they believe contagion inevitable.
Health Rules - Establishing a Board 4 IV 176 2/19/1802 Governor: Salcedo: Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this meeting, called to discuss the necessity of vaccination (See “Vaccination”) the Commissioners resolve to petition the Governor to re-establish the Board of Health as officially established by Acting Governor Vidal, it being noted, that for some time past this Board did not exist. (At the next meeting, page 178, the Governor replies that he has resolved to establish a permanent Board of Health.)
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 IV 177 2/19/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The two surgeons, verbally commissioned to inspect the apparatus to give aid to drowning persons, report same in good condition, but the Commissioners must buy certain parts. (The Commissioners bought the necessary accessories - page 213.)
Health Rules - Vaccination 4 IV 175 2/19/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Secretary presented a resolution issued by the Governor at the meeting attended by the physicians, in which he states that the physicians cannot vaccinate without his permission, which he would grant when the number of patients increased. As a matter of precaution, Dr. Leduc should be provided with enough vaccine virus to supply other physicians, that in Natchez there is a vaccine virus (the new method of inoculation) less painful than the one used up to now.
Hospitals - Lepers' Hospital 4 IV 180 2/26/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The City Treasurer presents the accounts of the “St. Lazaro,” showing a balance of 81 Pesos and 3-1/2 reales.
Huts 4 IV 182 2/26/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General calls attention to the erection of a small wooden house close to the levee in front of the Plaza, and to the fact that the Cabildo has a claim pending since 1799 as to the ownership of this land, whether it belongs to the city or to the Royal Treasury which had been forwarded to the King for settlement. He recommends that the Cabildo send an official letter to the Governor requesting that he stop this construction, to which the Commissioners agreed. The Governor replied (page 184) that he had personally ordered Don Gilberto Guillemard to stop construction of the small house on the levee; the said Guillemard stated that he owned the lot through a grant made by Carondelet, and that he had always paid the two Pesos per month to the City Treasury, and he requested that the said house remain until the court decides whether houses constructed on the levee shall remain or not. The Commissioners replied that it had been ordered by edicts that all small houses on the levee should not be repaired except those assigned to the orphans. (See “Orphans.”) Therefore, he insisted that the Sergeant Major should demolish the house.
Orphans 4 IV 182 2/26/1802 Governor: Salcedo: Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General calls attention to the erection of a small house close to the levee in front of the Plaza which is in violation of Edicts published by previous Governors. In this controversy mention is made of the fact (page 186) that no small houses should be repaired “with the exception of those assigned to the orphans.”
Drainage 4 IV 185 3/5/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Don Bartolome Lafond requests the Cabildo to furnish him with a level, two hundred pickets and two Negroes, to assist him in grading the city for the proper drainage. (A water level was purchased - see page 213).
Health Rules - Establishing a Board 4 IV 186 3/5/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners decide to have a flag for use on the boat employed by the Board of Health.
Health Rules - Vaccination 4 IV 183 3/5/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Two Commissioners report to the Cabildo that they visited, in company with the physician of the Royal Hospital, a patient located outside the Gate of St. John whom the physician Don Luis Giolelina had sent there. On examination it was found that the patient had not been vaccinated. The Governor ordered the arrest and imprisonment of Giovelina for failure to vaccinate as ordered.
Health Rules - Vaccination 4 IV 186 3/5/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners discuss the report that Don Santiago Livaudais believes he has found the vaccine virus in some cows with which he vaccinated some slaves. He wishes to vaccinate others with the virus of those successfully vaccinated to ascertain if this is the true vaccine. The Commissioners resolved to permit him to proceed with the experiment.
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 185 3/5/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Bartholome Lafond informs the Cabildo that in order to grade the streets of the city for the proper drainage, he needs a level, two hundred pickets and two Negroes. At the next meeting (page 213) the Commissioners authorized payment of seventy-five Pesos to Don Juan Mercier and Company for a water level for use in grading the streets and sidewalks.
Health Rules - Vaccination 4 IV 187 3/8/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Cabildo is called into extraordinary session by the Governor to decide whether or not to permit vaccination. The Commissioners agreed to await the outcome of the experiments by Don Santiago Livaudais. They also agreed on a price to be charged, and rules governing the care of the victims. A house was rented from Don Bernardo Marigny for this purpose.
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 191 3/12/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Governor informs the Cabildo that the sidewalks of the Plaza de Armes will be constructed for the account of the Royal Treasury.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 193 3/18/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Josef Martinez de la Pedrera advises the Cabildo to send a third and last official letter to the Bishop to transfer the bodies and if he refuses, send to him (Pedrera) all documents for further study.
Health Rules - Vaccination 4 IV 194 3/22/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Cabildo is again called into extraordinary session to discuss whether or not the sickness is small pox and whether or not to vaccinate. They resolved to permit vaccination.
Huts 4 IV 196 3/26/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - An opinion by the attorney, Don Joseph Martinez de la Pedrera, states that the said hut must be demolished, and suggests that an official letter to this effect, with a copy of his opinion attached, be sent to the Governor. (The Governor replies to this letter, page 202, in which reply he accuses them of disrespect toward him and lack of authority in the matter; and stated that he is giving consideration to a letter from the Acting Intendant of the Royal Treasury, Don Juan Ventura Morales, to the effect that all action taken against the Sergeant Mayor (Guillemard) he suspended until they receive His Majesty’s decision. The Commissioners resolved to send the entire file to His Majesty for a decision.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 198 4/2/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde -The Bishop replies with an official opinion by Don Manuel Seranno. The Commissioners forward all documents to their Counselor (Pedrera) whose reply on page 199 states that the Bishop is taking advantage of the approaching summer when the intense heat will prevent the opening of the graves.
Cabildo--The New Building 4 IV 200 4/9/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the secretary presented the appraisal of the building made by the experts appointed for the purpose. These figures totaled 32,348 Pesos, six reales, one sueldo and 5.12ths. The Commissioners forwarded this estimate to their Attorney, Don Joseph Martinez de la Pedrera, for his attention. (On page 203 the attorney's letter states that the Governor is the only one authorized to pass on this matter).
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 4 IV 204 4/23/1802 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Attorney General informs the Cabildo that Don Josef Martinez de la Pedrera has been arrested and held in the Fort of San Carlos. The Commissioners petition the Governor to commute his place of imprisonment to his home or to one of the rooms in the Cabildo building. The Governor's reply is unsatisfactory and the Commissioners resolve to appeal to the Supreme Authorities. (See Cabildo Book 4, Volume IV, pages 212 to 220).
Cabildo--The New Building 4 IV 216 5/14/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Don Gilberto Guillemard, Sergeant Major of the Post, requested a certificate showing that he made the plan for the Cabildo Building and supervised the work until its completion. The Commissioners agreed to this.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 217 5/21/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Don Pedro de la Roche calls the attention of the Cabildo to the fact that this matter and various other matters, were pending before the Cabildo and no definite action had been taken. (This matter was still pending when the Colony was transferred back to France.)
Currency 4 IV 218 5/21/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - An official letter from the Governor enclosing a Royal Order in which His Majesty permits the exportation of silver by paying the same duties charged on the merchandise, was read.
Huts 4 IV 217 5/21/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Don Pedro De La Roche calls attention to the above and other matters which are still pending before the Cabildo. (See “Land Grants.”)
City Limits 4 IV 221 6/4/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Don Luis Darby Danycan, a former Commissioner, asks the Cabildo for a certificate showing that he had been a member of the Cabildo, and was appointed, with Don Francisco de Riano, to draw the limits of the city; which work was later abandoned.
Lighting 4 IV 225 6/25/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this meeting a Royal Edict is read in which His Majesty approves the establishment of the Lighting Department and the Night Police. He states that the Cabildo exceeded themselves in changing from the old tax on chimneys to the new tax on meats and flour without his approval, but orders that they investigate and find which tax yields the most income and apply whichever is most convenient or profitable to take care of the Lighting Department and Night Police.
Roads 4 IV 225 6/25/1802 Acting Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners discuss the complaints received concerning the bad condition of the Road to the Bayou, which is “intransitable in that section of the property of Dona Louisa de La Ronde which is caused by the flow of water from the Canal Marigny.”
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
1 7/19/1802 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this meeting the Attorney General explains that by virtue of sentence imposed by the local Judge (de Jaen - see "MIRO" under "GOVERNORS") not only were Don Nicholas Forstall, Don Pedro de la Roche, Don Francisco Pascalis de la Barre and Don Juan de Castanedo, arrested, but they were also suspended from their employment as Commissioners of this Cabildo. He states that the public welfare will be neglected due to this disorganization. The Commissioners resolve to petition the Governor, officially, to re-instate these officials.
Cabildo--The New Building 5
3 7/19/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time a petition is presented by Dona Luisa de la Ronde asking the Governor to order the payment of six thousand Pesos to her from the city funds. The Commissioners advised that after the valuation of the building has been completed, she shall receive the six thousand Pesos and more if there are sufficient funds.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Francisco Pascalis De La Sestera Y La Barre 5
1 7/19/1802 At this meeting it is revealed that Don Pascalis de La Barre and three other commissioners were arrested and suspended from their duties due to an investigation of the administration of Miro. (see Miro). After the transfer of the Province back to France (Page 78) the King granted the employees of the government the privilege of remaining under French rule, or in his service in some other possession of Spain. Pascalis de La Barre and one other Commissioner chose to remain in Louisiana.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
5 7/23/1802 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Only two Commissioners were present at this meeting and no session was held. (This is significant because of the arrests recorded at the previous meeting.)
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
5 7/25/1802 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - This being a Holiday Salcedo, the Governor-General, presented himself at the Cabildo to attend Mass in a body with the Commissioners. Only one Commissioner and the Secretary arrived to accompany him. The Governor ordered the Secretary to record this fact.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
7 7/30/1802 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this meeting the Commissioners appointed Don Domingo de Pena, resident of Porto Principe, to represent the Cabildo at the Royal Audience of the District.
Levees 5
11 8/9/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Cabildo is called into extraordinary session by the Governor to arrange repairs to the river bank where the Orange Groves have been washed away. The Governor criticized the report made by the experts as to the cause of the break and ordered a reprimand for them.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
17 9/17/1802 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this meeting a letter addressed to the Cabildo from Don Josef Martinez de la Pedrera is read, in which he states: "Abused by the military authorities I find myself forced to leave the country - - - being a victim of the enemies of your Lordships." He asks that the fees assigned to him as Attorney for the Cabildo be given to his wife and child to supply their needs during his absence. The Governor stated that he had not given his approval to the appointment of this attorney, much less to the assignment of any salary. The Commissioners resolved to submit the matter to the Royal Audience of the District. De La Roche calls attention to the fact that they had not provided any funds with which to pay Don Domingo de Pena to represent the Cabildo before the Royal Audience, and the Commissioners resolve to remit to him the sum of three hundred Pesos from the City Treasury.
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24 10/2/1802 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Governor called an extraordinary session to decide in what manner the above mentioned three hundred Pesos should be dispensed. The Commissioners informed him that they had issued power of Attorney in favor of Don Domingo Pena, resident of Puerto Principe, to act in all matters occurring in the Royal Audience of the District, but he had received no funds for expenses; hence the three hundred Pesos had been appropriated for that purpose. The Governor produced a note from the Lieutenant Governor and Auditor of War to the effect that the funds of the city were not to be used for this purpose, also an order to the City Treasurer not to issue voucher. The Commissioners reply that the money is already aboard ship bound for Havana, "and if the Royal Audience does not find the expense legitimate, His Excellency can decree to whom the same is due."

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