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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1771

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Officials--Annual Elections 1
49 1/1/1771 Don Pedro Chabert, Senior Judge; Don Nicholas Forstall, Junior Judge; Don Santiago Beauregard, Attorney General; Don Juan Durel, City Treasurer
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 1
51 1/11/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting two Commissioners were appointed to look after the supply and distribution of provisions.
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 1
52 1/18/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting it was agreed to raise the price of bear fat (lard) due to the scarcity of powder and ammunition.
Land Grants 1
56 2/8/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Provincial Judge (Du Vizen) and Don Daniel Fagot requested title to lots which had been granted to them by OíReilly. Later (page 219) these lots, on Conde Street, were returned to the city.
Bonds, Surety 1
57 2/14/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Joseph Ducros, appointed Commissioner of Finance by O'Reilly, was required to furnish bond. This bond was signed by Don Juan Lafite, Lieutenant of the Militia and Supervisor of the Markets of the City.
Fire 1
61 4/19/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Due to the insufficient help received during a fire on Conti Street, and the small number of men who came to assist, the Commissioners resolved to announce to the residents that they are to assist with haste whenever a fire may occur. They also decided to provide leather buckets, and prohibit building of fires in houses which have no chimneys.
Land Grants 1
63 5/10/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Royal Ensign (De Reggio) and the Chief Constable (Fleurian) also request titles to lots granted to them by O'Reilly.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 1
65 6/21/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners agreed to make known to the Governor and Captain-General the damages resulting from the practice of the owners of Negro slaves in sending them out for hire; not having any trade, they commit robbery and do other mischief in order to live. On page 69, the Governorís attention is again called to this practice.
Land Grants 1
66 6/28/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Commissioners agreed to grant title of a lot belonging to the city, to a man named Conso.
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 OíReilly 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.
Commerce 1
70 8/16/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Cabildo was informed of the great devastation to the Colony due to lack of commerce; and it was agreed to request a special audience with the Governor and President of the Cabildo, that he might act in the matter.
Commerce 1
71 8/23/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Attorney General asked that the deplorable conditions of the Province be put in writing and conveyed to the King. The Commissioners agreed that they should inform His Majesty, and resolved to make due representation.
Commerce 1
74 10/4/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the resolution of August 23rd (above) relative to representation to be made to the King, was examined, and noted to be still pending. The Commissioners agreed that the difficulty experienced in mastering the Spanish language had delayed the two Commissioners in drafting the petition. It was therefore resolved that they use the French language in making the representation - asking the King to accept it in a foreign language, assuring him that they are Spaniards at heart. (At a meeting on November 22nd, 1771, this petition was approved by the Commissioners and ordered forwarded to His Majesty, page 79.)
Furniture and Fixtures 1
77 11/8/1771 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners again take up the necessity of obtaining the iron dogs, shovel and tongs for the fire place in the Council Chamber and it was agreed to seek the Governorís approval. (Juan de Jan, the blacksmith, presented an estimate for making these articles - page 80.) - (At the next meeting the matter of uniforms for the porters was taken up, approved and purchased.)

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