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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Markets

Introduction to the Digest

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Markets 1
39 9/14/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this meeting a contract is presented by four butchers of the city. The Commissioners approved, and agreed to ask the Governor to make known by proclamation, the conditions of this contract.
Markets 1
68 8/2/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – Don Alejandro Latil presented a memorandum stating that the contract for the public meat market, established by O’Reilly in favor of the City Treasury, is about to expire. He submits his bid for the contract to furnish meat. The Commissioners agreed to post and advertise this bid in the accustomed places in the city, informing the public that anyone having better conditions to offer, should present them to the Secretary who will grant the contract to the one making the best offer. They also agreed that the contract would not start until January 1, 1772.
Markets 1
72 9/6/1772 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Secretary reports that the bulletins concerning the renting of the butcher shops had been complied with, and the latest bid was five hundred Pesos, made by Alejandro Latil. The Commissioners resolved that the last announcement be made on Sunday the 8th, and the auction be closed on the following Friday.
Markets 1
96 5/15/1772 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Governor and President informs the Cabildo that the franchise has not been observed in regard to meat supplied to the troops. The Commissioners agreed to see that the Lessee complies with his obligations in regard to this matter.
Markets 1
222 9/22/1775 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – Don Guy Dufossat calls attention to the fact that the contract for supplying meat to the citizens, auctioned for the period of four years to Don Juan Antonio Latil, will expire on the last day of December. The Commissioners agreed to post notices calling for bids. At the next meeting (page 223), it was agreed to auction the contract on October 10th.
Markets 1
261 4/11/1777 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The abuses committed by permitting one person to handle the supply of meat was discussed at this meeting, and the Commissioners agreed to call Don Juan Le Blanc, contractor. He was called for the purpose of obtaining the amount required in order to ask for bids.
Markets 1
263 5/9/1777 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this meeting the bids were opened and it was agreed that the auction should take place on the 21st, of this month.
Markets 2
8 12/17/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – A number of citizens met with the Cabildo at this time to discuss the shortage of cattle due to the great mortality among them. The President advised that the three contractors were unable to obtain meat to supply the public. It was agreed to obtain cattle from the inhabitants of the coasts in the proportion of 10 percent of the number they own from each. The citizens and the Commissioners signed this agreement.
Markets 2
67 7/27/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this meeting mention is made of a market and warehouse which is being constructed. (See “Warehouse.) – At this same time it is decided to procure a new contractor for furnishing meat, as the old contract is about to expire; and there is complaint of the shortage of meat and the carelessness of the old contractor.
Markets 2
71 8/17/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – Don Joseph Collette, resident of this city and rancher of the town of New Iberia, asked permission to bring some cattle to this city, without interference from the Commandants of the Posts of Atakapas and Opelousas.
Markets 2
88 11/9/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – In a letter to Galvez defending their action in dispensing with the services of the printer and others, mention is made of “certain works to complete the construction of the market.” (See “Warehouse.”)
Markets 2
136 8/9/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Commissioners took under consideration the lease of the butchers’ shops of this city which will expire at the end of September, and agreed to put them up for public auction. They remarked about the advantages that might result to the public by the abundant supply of meats which may be brought from the markets of Atakapas and Opelousas by the new road lately discovered and made practical by the zeal and expense of Joseph Colee. (See Don Joseph Collette above.)
Markets 2
139 9/13/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Commissioners, having in mind the requirements of the public market in order that it meet the needs for which it was intended from the beginning (to establish therein the public meat markets and stalls for the sale of food stuffs) resolved that the Royal Ensign (Reggio), already in charge of the building, see that the necessary doors are placed. (See “Warehouse.”) - “Three different stalls for the prompt supply of the public” were not placed due to insufficient room and unfitness.
Markets 2
144 11/8/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time the Commissioners discussed the auction of the market privilege which was to have taken place on October 4th, and resolved that the same be advertised again Sunday after High Mass and Monday in the streets, and auctioned the following Friday.
Markets 2
160 1/17/1783 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time “the named Joseph Collu (see also Collette and Colee) presented a document in which he states that he made contracts with several neighbors of the district of Atakapas for the supply of food for this city, and who not refuse to comply with their contract, stating that they will sell their meat salted, which would prevent the petitioner from fulfilling his contract with the city. The Commissioners resolved to take the mater up with the Acting Governor (Miro).
Markets 2
203 12/5/1783 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time the Commissioners discussed the death of Juan Calet, Contractor of the Public Meat Markets, and decided to give publication to the rerenting of the markets.
Markets 3 I 9 8/6/1784 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time a document is presented by the Contractor of the Butcher Shops pertaining to his various losses in fulfilling his contract. The Commissioners, knowing that the paper money had decreased in value, found his complaints just, and permitted a raise in the price of meat. (This document is shown on page 11).
Markets 3 I 18 9/10/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time there arose a discussion upon the advisability of establishing a market in this city; considered necessary in order to have all the retailers in one place. In view of the fact that the number of retailers had increased, the Cabildo decided to construct a market large enough to accommodate all the daily food supplies, to be independent of the butcher shop which was established more than two year ago. Such a place for the assembling of peddlers has been desired for some time in order that the goods they sell might be subject to inspection by the Commissioners. Rules governing this market and its use by the retailers are drafted and approved.
Markets 3 I 32 12/17/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time there arose a discussion upon the advisability of establishing a market in this city; considered necessary in order to have all the retailers in one place. In view of the fact that the number of retailers had increased, the Cabildo decided to construct a market large enough to accommodate all the daily food supplies, to be independent of the butcher shop which was established more than two year ago. Such a place for the assembling of peddlers has been desired for some time in order that the goods they sell might be subject to inspection by the Commissioners. Rules governing this market and its use by the retailers are drafted and approved.
Markets 3 I 39 1/21/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Commissioners discuss the payment of rent for the spaces occupied by the retailers in the public market, as well as the work to be done on the market to better the condition of the retailers. They also discussed the rental of the section destined for the sale of beef.
Markets 3 I 93 2/17/1786 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time Commissioner Reggio, in charge of the administration of the public market, mentioned the difficulties in collecting the rents. He also stated that there is no one to take care of the cleaning, see that the tables of the butchers are not robbed, nor to open the doors at regular hours. It was decided to build a small house on the lot of land next to the market in which a porter from the Cabildo could live who would have charge of all these matters, and especially keep the retailers well pleased. It was agreed to build this house 15 feet front, and 30 feet deep, facing Conde Street. (At a later meeting, page 122, Don Jacobo Cowperhwait requested payment of 1000 Pesos for the erection of a small house adjoining the market; which was approved for payment, page 124.)
Markets 3 I 142 12/22/1786 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time the President and Governor took up with the Captain General the matter of funds which are in the hands of Don Juan Ventura de Morales originating from the savings from rentals of stalls in the market of this Plaza, in order that His Excellency may apply same to the urgent expenses of the Lepers’ Hospital, to which the said Captain General agreed.
Markets 3 II 7 2/8/1788 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. – At this time Pedro Giro (Guiot), Master Carpenter, presented a bill for work done in the public market, which was examined, found correct and ordered paid.
Markets 3 II 31 7/6/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. – At this time it was proposed to rebuild the Cabildo Building (which had been destroyed by the fire of March 21, 1788) constructing same with the public market on the first floor.
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.
Markets 3 II 105 5/7/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – In a resolution submitted to the Governor regarding the lack of funds in the City Treasury, the Commissioners enumerate many unavoidable expenses incurred, among which is mentioned “the new market to provide for the wants of the public, the old one having been burned in said fire.”
Markets 3 II 108 5/14/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – A letter is presented by Don Augustin McCarty asking to be paid the sum of 2824 Pesos out of the city funds for work done on the market in accordance with contract and the report of Don Francisco de la Barre appointed to inspect the work. Payment was authorized.
Markets 3 II 123 9/24/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – At this time the Commissioners discussed the method of renting the rooms in the new market. It was agreed that the ten large rooms facing the river should be occupied by the dealers of beef, and that the dealers of pork, veal, and lamb should occupy the small rooms facing the levee.
Markets 3 II 178 1/13/1792 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – In order to guard against the theft of meats, the Commissioners agreed to place a wooden ceiling over every stall, heavy doors barred with iron at each end, and build two galleries with a room in each; one to be used by the monthly manager and the other by the porter.
Markets 3 II 196 3/2/1792 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – At this time Filberto Forge (Farge) asked permission to build a dance hall on the lot formerly occupied by the market. The Commissioners agreed to accept his proposition. (See “Dance Halls.”)
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.
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.
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.
Markets 4 II 60 9/30/1797 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – The Attorney General presents a memorandum in behalf of the people stating that it is the duty of the Commissioners to visit the market and butcher shops for the purpose of suppressing various abuses. He recommended that the monthly Commissioner call at the market each day and remain there from the time it is opened until closed. Don Juan de Castanedo stated that the room assigned to the use of the monthly Commissioner at the market is not satisfactory. The Commissioners appointed Don Francisco Riano to begin tomorrow to visit the market and report at the next meeting. At the next meting (page 64), he reported the need of various weights and scales.
Markets 4 II 70 10/20/1797 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – The Commissioners considered at this time how useful it would be to establish a fish market to protect both the fish and the fisherman from the weather, also to provide a clean place for the sale of fish. As this matter had been previously discussed, a plan with the estimated cost was presented. The Commissioners decided that each one take the matter, individually under consideration and report at the next meeting.
Markets 4 II 75 10/27/1797 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – At the next meeting, the Royal Ensign (Almonaster) presented a letter to the Cabildo in which he states that the Fish Market Building is costly and unnecessary. He mentions the indebtedness of the City Treasury to the Royal Treasury in the amount of eight thousand Pesos (See “Levees.”), and many public obligations that need attention. The Commissioners resolved to leave the Fish Market pending.
Markets 4 II 81 11/3/1797 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – Don Fernando Alzar offers to build the fish market according to the plan submitted to this Cabildo, with the understanding that he be permitted to collect all the revenues for a period of two years, paid by the retailers of fish, game, pork, lamb, meat, etc. This proposition was forwarded to the Attorney General for an opinion. (See pages 86 and 87 for the Attorney General’s opinion, and Alzar’s reply.)
Markets 4 II 174 10/13/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – Don Francisco de Riano and Don Luis Darby Danycan, Commissioners appointed to supervise the repairing of the levees, recommend that the repairing extend from the Gate of St. Louis toward the meat market so that a shed could be build for the use of the fisherman, hunters and butchers, so that the city might benefit from taxes paid by these retailers. The Commissioners approved, and ordered that the work be done.
Markets 4 II 180 11/23/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time the Commissioners discussed the construction of a Fish Market. They resolved to approve the plan already presented, that the roof be constructed of tile and that specifications be published every three days asking for bids.
Markets 4 II 191 12/15/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time a document is presented by Don Bartholeme Lafond stating that he has obtained the bond required in connection with the construction of the Fish Market, which contract was granted to him for the sum of 2773 Pesos, with the understanding that one-third of this amount be advanced to him.
Markets 4 III 21 3/29/1799 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – It was agreed at this meeting that the pillars of the Fish Market be built with 12 inch stakes instead of 8 inch stakes.
Markets 4 III 36 5/31/1799 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – Don Bartholome Lafond requests an additional one-third payment on the Fish Market, which he states is now one-half finished.
Markets 4 III 38 6/14/1799 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Cabildo orders the Annual Commissioners to provide tables and other necessary fixtures to be placed in the Fish Market for use in the sale of calves, pigs, sheep, fish and the retailing of other products; also to have the building covered with tar and red lead to preserve the lumber. To make rules and regulations governing the collection of taxes which must be paid by the retailers.
Markets 4 III 54 8/3/1799 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time Don Jayme Jorda reports that the tile dealer would not deliver to Contractor Lafond the necessary tile for the roof of the Fish Market, unless he paid cash. The Contractor not having the cash, the Commissioners instructed Don Jayme to obtain the tile, drawing on the City Treasury for the amount, to be deducted from amount due Lafond.
Markets 4 III 71 9/20/1799 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – A bill is presented by Urbane Gaingier for construction of 16 tables for the sale of meat, and 7 tables for the sale of fish, also a large sun shade for the fish section.
Markets 4 III 112 11/29/1799 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – A bill is presented by Arnaldo Magnon for painting the Fish Market with tar and red lead.
Markets 4 III 143 2/21/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time a petition from Don Bartholome Lafond is read in which he states that he has finished the Fish Market, asks that it be inspected, and if found correct in accordance with contract, that he be paid its value. On page 168, the last one-third payment of the contract is ordered paid to Lafond.
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59 3/11/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Governor, expecting the momentary arrival of French Officials with 4500 troops to take possession of the Colony, asked the Commissioners to take steps to prevent the scarcity of food. One thousand head of cattle was ordered procured and held in reserve. (See “Transfer of Louisiana back to France” Part I of this Digest.)
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101 9/17/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time the Governor calls attention to the danger threatening the levee over which the fish and meat market is established, and ordered that the outside walls of this building be immediately supported with props.

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