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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1769

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Officials--Governors--Don Alejandro O'Reilly 1
1 8/18/1769 Arrives aboard the Spanish Frigate "Solante" to take formal possession of the Colony as its Governor and Captain General. Religious and military ceremonies attendant upon this occasion are described. Provisional Governor, Don Carlos Felipe Aubri, delivers the keys of the city to O'Reilly.
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").
Officials--Commissioners--Don Antonio Bienvenue 1
3 12/1/1769 Appointed by O'Reilly as plain Commissioner at the first meeting of the Cabildo.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Carlos Juan Bautista Fleurian 1
3 12/1/1769 Appointed by O'Reilly at the first meeting of the Cabildo, as Commissioner and Chief Constable. Receives the usual Royal Confirmation conferring title for life, made saleable in favor of the Royal Treasury in case of death or resignation. (See Page 144.)
Officials--Commissioners--Don Francisco Braud 1
3 12/1/1769 Appointed by O'Reilly as Receiver of Fines at a meeting held at this time at O'Reilly's residence. - Received Royal Confirmation from the King confirming title conferred for life and made saleable in favor of the Royal Treasury in case of death or resignation. (In this document the name is Don Dionicio Braud". - See Page 152).
Officials--Commissioners--Don Francisco Maria De Reggio 1
3 12/1/1769 Appointed Commissioner and Royal Ensign at the first meeting held by O'Reilly (at his residence) at which time the Cabildo or municipal government was established. - Receives Royal Confirmation confirming title conferred for life and made saleable in favor of the Royal Treasury in case of death or resignation. (See Page 136.)
Officials--Commissioners--Don Joseph Ducros 1
3 12/1/1769 Appointed General Finance Commissioner by O'Reilly at a meeting held at this time at O'Reilly's residence. - Received Royal Confirmation from the King confirming title conferred for life and made saleable in favor of the Royal Treasury in case of death or resignation. (See Page 148).
Officials--Commissioners--Don Pedro Francisco Olivier De Vezin 1
3 12/1/1769 Appointed at the first meeting held by O'Reilly at which meeting the Cabildo was established. Receives Royal Confirmation confirming title conferred for life and made saleable in favor of the Royal Treasury in case of death or resignation. (see Page 139).
Officials--Governors--Don Alejandro O'Reilly 1
3 12/1/1769 Forms a Cabildo or Municipal Government; appoints six commissioners and a secretary at a meeting held at his residence. Don Luis de Unzaga, Colonel of the Royal Armies and Governor Elect of the city by authority of the King, was present at this meeting and was appointed as successor to O'Reilly during his absence.
Officials--Governors--Don Luis De Unzaga Y Amezaga 1
3 12/1/1769 Colonel of the Royal Armies and Governor Elect by authority of the King when O'Reilly was appointed Governor and Captain General, Unzaga is now appointed successor to O'Reilly during his absence.
Officials--Secretary--Don Juan Bautista Garic 1
3 12/1/1769 Appointed to the position of Secretary to the Cabildo at the meeting held at this time at O'Reilly's residence. - Received Royal Commission from the King confirming title as Secretary to the Governor and the Cabildo - title conferred for life and made saleable in favor of the Royal Treasury in case of death or resignation. (see Page 159).
Officials--Annual Elections 1
6 12/2/1769 Don Luis la Cheiza, Senior Judge; Don Luis Trudeau, Junior Judge; Don Luis Ranson, Attorney General; Don Juan Durel, City Treasurer
Officials--Governors--Don Alejandro O'Reilly 1
6 12/2/1769 O'Reilly assembles at his residence the newly appointed Commissioners and the Colonel of the Royal Armies (Unzaga) for the purpose of electing two Ordinary Judges, an Attorney General and a City Treasurer. (See "Annual Elections")
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).
Drayage 1
8 12/9/1769 Governor: O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General recommends that they prohibit cart drivers from driving over the levee, and permit them to cross it only to receive freight from ships. - The Commissioners complied with this recommendation and agreed that the cart drivers shall number their carts, starting with number one up to as many carts as there may be.
Ecclesiastical 1
8 12/9/1769 Governor O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting four memoranda were presented signed by residents up and down the river offering to pay one half of the rent on the houses occupied by the priests. The Commissioners accepted, and appointed the Commissioners to take charge of the collections.
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 1
8 12/9/1769 Governor: O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The retailers are prohibited from buying foods which arrive by river. The Commissioners agreeing (page 9) that these supplies shall not be bought in large quantities, but only in amounts necessary for the support of each family.
Levees 1
8 12/9/1769 Governor: O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Attorney General requests the Cabildo to prohibit the cart drivers from driving their carts over the levee and to cross it only when receiving freight from ships.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 1
8 12/9/1769 Governor: O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Attorney General asked the Commissioners to repair the sidewalks and bridges.
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 1
8 12/9/1769 Governor: O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - On recommendation of the Attorney General the Commissioners agreed that the inhabitants of the village should repair their sidewalks “allowing five feet wide and ten feet high, supported by a piece of timber six inches wide a nd ten feet high to protect it.” (*) They also agreed to compel the cart drivers to bring two loads of sand each week for repairs to the streets, and to prohibit them from driving their carts over the sidewalks illegally.

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