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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1773

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Officials--Annual Elections 1
113 1/1/1773 Sr. Duplessis, Senior Judge; Sr. Doviocourt, Junior Judge; Don Pedro De Vergers, Attorney General; Don Juan Bautista Gauvin, City Treasurer
Weights and Measures 1
121 3/5/1773 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - It was found necessary at this time to appoint a gauger to approve the weights and measures of liquors and foodstuffs; the persons named to be required to meet the launches that carry the alcohol to measure the amount brought in. Don Juan Escaret, Master Cooper, was appointed.
Land Grants 1
125 5/28/1773 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Mrs. Francisca de Culauge asks title for two lots made in the form of a concession to her by O’Reilly.
Weights and Measures 1
126 6/25/1773 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Pedro Bertoniers requests payment of eight Pesos for one weight market “Eight Pounds,” which he sold to the city. Voucher authorized.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 1
129 8/6/1773 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General presents a memorandum relative to the crimes committed by Negro Slaves, which crimes go unpunished, due to the fact that the masters are reluctant to give up the slave because of their ultimate loss. He recommended that when a slave is taken to be sentenced that he first be appraised so that the inhabitants may be taxed for the just price of the said slave. Same to apply to savage Negroes when killed in attempting escape. The Commissioners agreed to this recommendation and resolved to petition the Governor for the fulfillment; and to order it made known in the Province from Natchitoches to Belize - all these places being subject to the said taxation. The Governor’s reply (page 131) suggests that the better class of inhabitants who wish to have this tax established, present themselves at the Cabildo with two Commissioners and the Secretary, and that the results of this meeting be made known to His Majesty so that he may approve. The Commissioners agreed to invite the inhabitants of the better class to the Cabildo on the 26th instant to make whatever recommendations they find convenient, and the Secretary was ordered to mail out circulars to this effect.
Taxes 1
129 8/6/1773 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners resolved to tax the owners of slaves in order to pay the appraised value of a slave whenever one is taken to be executed for a crime. (See “Slaves and Savage Negroes.”)
Slaves and Savage Negroes 1
132 8/27/1773 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Results of the meeting held yesterday (26th ) unanimously approved the resolutions, and it was agreed to submit this testimony, also the present deliberations to the King for his decision.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 1
135 10/8/1773 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - It was agreed at this time that the expenses for the apprehension of savage Negroes, also provisions and other incidentals furnished to the patrol, be paid out of the city funds.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 1
163 10/15/1773 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - It was agreed to allow two Pesos each to eighteen free Negroes (independent of what they received from their former masters) for going in pursuit of the savage Negroes.
Prisons 1
165 11/12/1773 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The bad condition of the public jail was discussed at this time, and Don Joseph Ducros and Don Luis Andry were commissioned to inspect same and make report. (At the next meeting, same page, it was agreed to demolish the corridors in the dungeons situated in the patio of the Capitol House, and use the tiles and brick obtained therefrom in the repairs. Bill for the work done on page 190).
Slaves and Savage Negroes 1
165 11/12/1773 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time payment was authorized for three Negroes, the property of Don Antonio Tomassin, Don Santiago Beauregard and Don Zacarias Foussier. At the next meeting, page 166, the assessment of each citizen to contribute their prorata for the payment of these Negroes was acted upon, and collection ordered. - (Pages 171, 176, and 190 contain requests for payment of slaves executed, and Savage Negroes killed in attempting escape.)

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