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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 1
3 12/1/1769 Governor: O'Reilly, Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time Don Alejandro O'Reilly called a meeting at his residence and appointed six commissioners and a secretary to form a Cabildo or Municipal Government. (See "Commissioners') - Three days later (page 6) the newly appointed commissioners assembled again at the governor's house and elected two Judges, an Attorney General and a City Treasurer. (See "Annual Elections").
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 1
10 2/23/1770 Governor: O'Reilly, Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting a letter is presented from the Governor containing the rules and regulations governing the establishment of the Spanish Government, and general instructions to the Cabildo and Judges of the Province. This letter was read and ordered filed in the Archives. Letters by the Marquis of Grimaldi, Minister of State, and Don Julian de Arriage, Minister of the Indies and the Navy, were also read.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 1
218 5/14/1784 Acting Governor: Miro, Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Commissioners resolved to appoint an agent to represent the Cabildo in the City and Court of Madrid. Don Juan Escalano was appointed. (July 7th, 1785, a letter is received from him accepting the assignment - See "LAWS").
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 3 III 199 2/20/1795 Governor: Carondelet, Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Cabildo petitions the King for an increase in the number of Commissioners. (See "Commissioners").
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 4 1 217 6/9/1797 Governor: Carondelet, Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners discuss the one thousand Pesos which had been sent to Don Juan Escolano y Arrieta, to represent the Cabildo before the Courts of Madrid, and resolve to ask the return of the one thousand Pesos. - (Later the Commissioners granted power of attorney to Don Antonio Etchegoyen and Don Pedro Xavier de Vera to collect this amount from Escolano. (See Cabildo book 4, Volume III, page 23). In 1800 the amount was still uncollected. (See Cabildo Book 4, Volume IV, page 1).
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 4 II 3 7/14/1797 Governor: Carondelet, Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time a letter is received from Don Josef Martinez Saparta offering to represent the Cabildo in the Courts at Madrid.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 4 II 144 6/1/1798 Governor: Gayoso, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners discussed the fact that this Cabildo, being the governing body of the capital city of a Province, is without rank and without any exterior badge to be used by its members, and resolved to petition the King to grant them the military honors and rank which might meet with his approval, and to approve the uniforms agreed upon by the Commissioners. (At the time of the transfer of the Province back to France this matter was still pending - see Cabildo Book 4, Volume IV, page 217).
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 4 III 53 8/3/1799 Governor: Vidal, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Acting Governor and President of the Cabildo called attention to a Royal Order dated December 5th, 1796, (which also had not been forwarded to the Cabildo) concerning the sum of 4,925 Pesos assigned to the granary for rice; (See "RICE") which sum was the excess proceeds of rentals on the small houses for the charitable fund established by Galvez to support twelve orphan girls in the Ursuline Convent. The Governor having learned that this sum was obtained from the Royal Treasury by the deceased Governor (Gayoso) believed the Commissioners should take the necessary steps to recover same. The Commissioners, considering these various Royal Orders which had not been brought to their attention by the previous governors, resolved to request the President to forward all Royal Orders concerning this Cabildo to them.
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.
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--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--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.
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.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
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."
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
105 10/7/1803 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time an official document in regard to the transfer was read, and the Secretary was ordered to make an inventory of Archives and a statement of the accounts of all the departments, to be given to the annual Commissioners and forwarded to the Commissioners in charge of the transfer. (See "Transfer of Louisiana back to France").
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
108 11/11/1803 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Josef Martinez de la Pedrera presents a memorandum dated September 19th, accompanied by an authentic certificate of the Royal Audience ordering that he be paid the fees owed to him out of the City Treasury. The Commissioners ordered payment.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
110 11/18/1803 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Commissioners Don Francisco Riano and Don Jayme Jorda, approve the accounts presented by the City Treasurer, Juan de Castanedo. (This was the last session of the Cabildo).

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