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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Bakeries

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Bakeries 1
9 12/9/1769 Governor: O'Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - On recommendation of the Attorney General the Commissioners agreed that provisions which arrive by the river shall not be purchased in large quantities by the retailers, but only in small quantities for individual family use. (See also page 41).
Bakeries 1
24 4/20/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General recommends that it should be made compulsory for the bakers to obtain flour from the inhabitants. The Commissioners agreed, also fixed a price on cake.
Bakeries 1
106 9/18/1772 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners, considering the scarcity of flour and a possible increase in the price of bread due to the arrival of a battalion, resolve to petition the Governor to issue the necessary orders to prevent the citizens from being deprived of this necessary food. - (On page 108 the Commissioners resolved to buy all the available flour for account of the Cabildo and resell to the bakers at the price paid, in order to avoid abuses committed by the retailers in selling at a higher price to the detriment of the public who buy the bread. Two Commissioners were appointed to enforce this resolution).
Bakeries 1
209 3/3/1775 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to scarcity of flour and the consequent shortage of bread. Also to the fact that there are several English boats in the river carrying this commodity. The Commissioners resolved to ask, with the approval of the Governor, for this flour to be distributed among the bakers.
Bakeries 3 III 6 6/22/1792 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Attorney General calls attention to complaints of the public that the bakers are using spoiled flour. Two Commissioners are appointed to inspect the bakery shops and throw into the river all spoiled flour found.
Bakeries 3 III 66 5/17/1792 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Lieutenant Governor asks the Attorney General to figure out a price at which the bakers may sell the bread at a profit without detriment to the public. (On pages 79 and 80 these prices are shown).
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.
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.
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.
Bakeries 4 I 106 4/22/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Due to the shortage of flour the Commissioners resolved to ask the Governor to prohibit the exportation of corn, and to authorize the bakers, and others who have flour, to report the amounts they have. - (On receipt of this report it was found there were only 581 barrels, including the 480 in the Royal Warehouse. The Governor chartered a ship from McDonough to sail for Vera Cruz to obtain supplies, and included six hundred barrels of flour in the cargo. Page 109).
Bakeries 4 I 110 4/26/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners agreed to ask the Governor to command that the bakers use rice with flour in making the bread, and two Commissioners were appointed to arrange with two bakers to make a test. (On page 111, the Commissioners report the bakers are unable to make a loaf of bread using half rice and half flour. They finally compromised on two-thirds flour and one-third rice, at a price of fifteen ounces for a half reale).
Bakeries 4 I 118 5/24/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners met in extraordinary session to decide on the best means of obtaining a quantity of flour which has come in from northern ports, and which the merchants are not buying for their personal speculation. The Governor advised that he had ordered the flour held, and he thought it should be bought for the account of His Majesty and distributed among the bakers. The Commissioners resolved to make the purchases as indicated, and store the flour in the Royal Warehouse. (See also page 120).
Bakeries 4 I 189 1/20/1797 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time it was decided to permit the bakers to have the flour which is in storage at 10 Pesos per barrel, as it was anticipated that the flour would soon be coming down the river from Ohio.
Bakeries 4 III 196 7/18/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time a petition is presented by Juan Bautista Caraby, powder manufacturer, asking to be exempt from the tax on flour for the upkeep of the lighting department, (see “Lighting”) as he uses flour of a very poor grade for the manufacture of powder.
Bakeries 4 III 199 8/1/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign De La Ronde - There being two grades of flour on the market now, the Commissioners resolved to set a price on bread in accordance with the grade of flour used.
Bakeries 4 III 216 8/22/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign De La Ronde - The Secretary notified the mentioned powder manufacturers, Caraby, Desaubry, Ricard and Cassanard, that they may individually report the number of barrels of flour they have used in order that they may be taxed the 4 reales per barrel for the upkeep of the lighting department.

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