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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1779

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 1
311 1779 Don Santiago Coursolle - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 1
331 1779 Don Luis Dunoyer - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Officials--Annual Elections 1
296 1/1/1779 Don Pedro Piernas, Senior Judge; Don Pedro Du Verges, Junior Judge; Don Manuel Andres Armesto, Attorney General; Don Luis Boisdore, City Treasurer
Hospitals - Small Pox Hospital 1
304 2/8/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Governor called the Cabildo into extraordinary session to consider the epidemic of small pox, and having been advised of its prevalence along the river front, he has taken steps to isolate those afflicted to the other side of the river, notwithstanding the heavy expense to the Royal Treasury, providing excellent care and permitting parents to accompany their children. His Excellency suggested the calling of an assembly of prominent people and parents of the city to meet in this chamber with the Cabildo to determine measures to be taken, and if accepted, enforced. The Commissioners agreed to this, and also voted to implore the Governor to continue the care and attention of those afflicted with the disease.
Taxes 1
310 3/5/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Gabriel Renato Fazende, formerly in charge of His Christian Majesty’s affairs, is ordered to pay into the City Treasury the sum of 57,909 Libras, 12 Sueldos and 10 Dineros, out of the amount collected by him for taxes due during the years of 1764, 1765, and 1767.
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 1
311 3/12/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the scarcity of foods in the city due to the arrival of many new families, and suggests that large quantities be bought by the City to prevent the inhabitants from selling their crops to foreigners. (See “Warehouse,” also page 317 providing for the construction of a warehouse in which “to transact the sale of provisions.”)
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 1
312 3/12/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the condition of the streets and the freedom enjoyed by the hogs in the streets of the city.
Warehouse 1
311 3/12/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General, recognizing the scarcity of food due to the arrival of new families, recommends that great quantities of provisions be gathered into the city, paying the inhabitants a reasonable price for their crops to prevent their selling to foreigners. This was approved by the Commissioners who authorized voucher in the amount of five hundred Pesos for the first purchase of provisions to be stored in a warehouse for distribution in urgent necessity.
Roads 1
312 3/26/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr - The Attorney General calls attention to the necessity of digging a ditch for holding the water that filters through the levee, and damages the roads.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 1
312 3/26/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General suggests the necessity of digging a ditch at the foot of the levee embankment for the purpose of holding the waters that filter through; also the necessity for draining the ditches around the Plaza.
Military 1
313 4/9/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Attorney General calls attention to the lack (due to a state of war) of Militia in this Province to keep order and safeguard the roads. (See “Slaves and Savage Negroes.”)
Slaves and Savage Negroes 1
313 4/9/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General called attention to the lack of Militia (due to war with England) to keep order and safeguard the roads and help in pursuing the unruly Negro slaves whose number is increasing daily. The Governor, seeing the impossibility of forming a guard for this purpose and recognizing the danger, determined to call a general meeting of the inhabitants of this city, under his jurisdiction, and invite them by circular letter to present themselves at the Cabildo to discuss this matter and their willingness to contribute to the payment of Negroes killed; it being the will of His Majesty not to compel anyone to contribute against his will, nor prohibit withdrawal from the agreement. About eighty of the most prominent citizens agreed to pay (one time only) the sum of four reales for each Negro they owned in order to accumulate funds for the prosecution and activities to be made against savage Negroes. This agreement was signed by the Governor, the Commissioners, and thirty citizens.
Wards and Districts 1
315 4/30/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Attornery General calls attention to the growth of the city and the necessity for increasing the number of Commissioners to assist in keeping order and preserving peace. The following appointments were made: Commissioner: Don Francisco Burguieres - Ward: From the Quarters to Bourbon Street on the left sidewalk up to Orleans Street in the rear of the Church. Commissioner: Don Juan Bautista Cavilier - Ward: From the front half of his (Cavilier’s) residence on Orleans Street up to Bourbon Street - follow the sidewalk to Bienville Street - down to the river, and up to the Plaza, ending at the Capitol House. Commissioner: Don Juan Bautista Lacoste - Ward: First Ward which corresponds to that of Don Francisco Burguieres. Commissioner: Don Jos. Antonio Azetier, Ward: Second Ward which corresponds to that of Don Bautista Cavilier.
Ecclesiastical 1
316 5/7/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Reverend Father Vicar requests that the Commissioners have some altars made for the procession on Corpus Christi Day. The Commissioners agreed.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Santiago Toutan Beauregard 1
317 5/21/1779 Appointed to succeed Don Carlos Honorato Olivier who resigned in his favor. (Commission on Page 320.)
Warehouse 1
317 5/21/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - In view of the great abuses committed in the sale of provisions which are exposed to the elements (not being covered), it was determined to build a wooden warehouse sixty feet long by twenty-two feet wide in which to transact the sale of provisions. (See “Markets.”)
Officials--Judge Advocate of War and Assessor General--Don Juan Doroteo Del Postigo Y Valderrama 1
319 5/31/1779 Appointed Judge Advocate of War and Assessor General of the Province of Louisiana, made vacant by the death of Don Francisco de Paula Cabas Y Padilla. Later transferred to Guadalajara. (Cabildo Book 3, Volume 1, Page 128).
Taxes 1
336 6/4/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Joseph de la Plaza and Don Francisco Bijou were appointed Tax Assessors and Appraisers of the city.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 1
327 6/19/1779 Governor: O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Voucher for three hundred Pesos to Francisco Black was approved and authorized, in payment for repairs to the old bridges and for digging ditches in front of the levee.
Roads 1
328 7/16/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr - Requiring the proper piece of ground for the building of a public highway, the Commissioners agreed to solicit from Don Pedro Piernas the ground granted to him by Don Alejandro O’Reilly for which ground he will be paid four hundred Pesos. Don Pedro Piernas accepted this proposition.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 1
329 8/20/1779 Galvez informs the Cabildo of a Royal Edict making him actual Governor of the city and Province. After taking the usual oath the session was closed with demonstrations of rejoicing by the citizens.
Ecclesiastical 2
2 9/8/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners notified the Reverend Father Vicar Cirilo to sing the "Te Deum" in the accustomed manner, at the close of the day, for the capture of Fort Manchac from the British.
Military 2
1 9/8/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Pedro Piernas, Commandant of the Plaza, notifies the Cabildo of the declaration of war against His Britanic Majesty by Royal Decree of May 18th of the present year. (See Bernardo De Galvez, under “Governors” Part I of this Digest, for further details of this war.)
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
2 9/8/1779 Don Pedre Piernas, Commandant of this Plaza and Lieutenant Governor of the Royal Armies, sent an official letter to the Cabildo giving notice of the capture of Fort Manchac by Galvez. At a previous session held in the forenoon (page 1) be notified them of the declaration of war against England, and the King's wishes in regard to the disposition of British subjects who were taken prisoners, also a letter from Galvez in which he states that the Spanish and French Nations will mutually assist each other during this war.
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 2
2 10/1/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The scarcity of provisions due to a state of war was discussed by the Commissioners. (See “Rice.”)
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
3 10/1/1779 At the foot of the minutes of this session is recorded a Vote of Confidence given to Galvez by the Cabildo in recognition of his vigilance in the capture of Fort Manchac and of Baton Rouge without the spilling of blood, and with so much honor to the Catholic Troops.
Rice 2
2 10/1/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the scarcity of food for the subsistance of the citizens and the army, was discussed. It was decided that rice could be obtained with some difficulty, from the District of Das Allemands.
Officials--Secretary--Don Leonardo Mazange 2
4 11/26/1779 Garic resigns in favor of Don Leonardo Mazange. (On page 5 is found the Governor's appointment).
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.
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Rafael Perdomo 2
7 12/17/1779 Appointed to fill the position vacated by Mazange who has been made Secretary of the Cabildo.
Military 2
9 12/24/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Copies of a Royal Order are received for distribution to the Councils, Commandants and Justices, in which His Majesty authorizes his American subjects to regard the subjects of His Britanic Majesty as hostile.

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