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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Officials--Annual Elections 2
93 1/1/1782 At this time all of the above officials elected in 1781 were re-elected and sworn into office.
Hospitals - Charity Hospital 2
98 2/15/1782 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General calls attention to the fact that no action had been taken regarding the accounts of the Manager (Administrator) of the Hospital, and to the miserable condition of the poor, as the Hospital no longer exists. The Commissioners resolve to address an official letter to the Governor, which states in part ….”As per agreement of September 18, 1778, your Excellency agreed to comply with the orders of His Majesty as per said law, that the Manager of the Charity Hospital must render an annual report of same, which since that time, an even previously, had not been done.”…
Officials--Commissioners--Don Luis Toutan Beauregard 2
97 2/15/1782 Due to the death of Don Santiago Beauregard (page 2) Galvez appoints his son, Don Luis Toutan Beauregard. (Royal Confirmation on page 181). - (The death of Don Luis Toutan Beauregard is mentioned by the Commissioners on June 8, 1792, in connection with the management of the Lepers' Hospital.)
Slaves and Savage Negroes 2
99 2/15/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - An officer of the Free Negroes, named Noel, presented a letter from the Acting Governor, Don Pedro Piernas, requesting the City Treasurer to pay the gratification agreed upon for the arrest of two Negroes, made by a detachment under the said Noel.
Bonds, Surety 2
101 3/1/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - A letter from Galvez informs the Cabildo that Don Estevan Miro, being the ranking officer, should govern temporarily during his absence. The Commissioners voted unanimously to admit and recognize Don Estevan Miro as Acting Civil and Military Governor until they can consult with His Majesty for approval - not wishing to assume responsibility of the consequences of accepting “anyone who may not come provided and named directly by the Sovereign in accordance with the law.” Miro took the customary oath at this time, and “in conformity with the laws provided in the instructions given by ….O’Reily, promised to present the corresponding bond within a short time which will be received in the office of the Secretary of this Cabildo.”
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
101 3/1/1782 Galvez appoints Don Estevan Miro as Acting Civil and Military Governor during his absence. Miro is sworn in and promised to present the usual bond within a short time.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 2
101 3/1/1782 Is appointed Acting Governor of the Province by Galvez to act during the absence of Galvez in military service. He was sworn in and promised to present the usual bond within a short time.
Bonds, Surety 2
104 3/8/1782 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr - At this time the President (Miro) asked if this Cabildo had received a letter from Don Joseph de Galvez written to Don Pedros Piernas, at that time Acting Governor, in which letter the King has authorized Governor Bernardo de Galvez to name and place officials to his satisfaction in Louisiana, Mobile, Pensacola and its districts, in order that they may defend and govern them during his absence. A copy of this letter was found in the act of September 14th, 1781, and the Commissioners, taking its expressions literally and with mature consideration, unanimously agreed that it was not necessary to consult His Majesty for approval of the “said Governor Don Estevan Miro” as was resolved in the foregoing act, as this faculty is clearly conceded to Bernardo de Galvez.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 2
103 3/8/1782 Miro notifies the Cabildo at this time of his departure for El Guarico, arranged by Galvez, leaving in command Don Manuel de Cagigal.
Commerce 2
106 4/8/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Acting Governor Miro sends a letter to the Cabildo requesting that the “Te Deum” be sung and a Mass of Thanksgiving offered, as decreed by the King. At this same meeting a letter is received from Galvez (page 107) in which he states that the King has acceded to his request, and calls attention to the Royal Order (page 110) in which the King grants free trade on many articles of commerce, including the admission of ships from French ports to the provinces of Louisiana, Mobile and Pensacola).
Commerce 2
109 4/12/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Commissioners resolved that on Sunday next, the 14th inst., public demonstrations of joy would be announced to the people by an artillery salute by this Plaza. Miro invited all the owners of ships in the harbor to dress their ships and give the salutes which must be repeated three times. A mass to be sung with a “Te Deum” and every house in the city illuminated. Also, that copies of the Royal Edict be made in French and distributed
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
115 4/26/1782 A document is presented to the Cabildo by Miro containing a Royal Title establishing a Captaincy-General of the Province of Louisiana, Pensacola, Mobile, Apalache and other territory formerly occupied by the British (independent of the Island of Cuba and the Indies) and naming Galvez first Governor and Captain General. (Pages 116 to 126 recount all the deeds of valor performed by Galvez in many battles).
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Rafael Perdomo 2
128 5/31/1782 Perdomo is made Notary Public of War and Royal Finance due to the resignation of Don Andres Almonaster y Rojas.
Officials--Royal Notary Public--Don Rafael Perdomo 2
128 5/31/1782 Almonaster resigned in favor of Don Rafael Perdomo, who is appointed by the Governor (page 148) and sworn in.
Markets 2
136 8/9/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners took under consideration the lease of the butchers’ shops of this city which will expire at the end of September, and agreed to put them up for public auction. They remarked about the advantages that might result to the public by the abundant supply of meats which may be brought from the markets of Atakapas and Opelousas by the new road lately discovered and made practical by the zeal and expense of Joseph Colee. (See Don Joseph Collette above.)
Roads 2
135 8/9/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting mention is made of a new road through which cattle may be driven from Atakapas and Opelousas to New Orleans. (See “Markets.”)
Markets 2
139 9/13/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners, having in mind the requirements of the public market in order that it meet the needs for which it was intended from the beginning (to establish therein the public meat markets and stalls for the sale of food stuffs) resolved that the Royal Ensign (Reggio), already in charge of the building, see that the necessary doors are placed. (See “Warehouse.”) - “Three different stalls for the prompt supply of the public” were not placed due to insufficient room and unfitness.
Warehouse 2
139 9/13/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners, having in mind that the public market was lacking in some essentials in order to fill the requirements intended from the beginning, decide that the Commissioners and Royal Ensign (Reggio) already in charge of the said building, should see that the necessary doors are placed. They mention that in the past it has been impossible to place the three different stalls for the “reason of not having found a place fit or proportioned…” (See “Markets.”)
Slaves and Savage Negroes 2
140 9/20/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time an official document is presented by Don Pedro Piernas stating that a detachmnt of mulattoes and free Negroes had gone in pursuit of Savage Negroes, and asking the Cabildo to authorize vouchers in payment.
Levees 2
145 11/8/1782 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Commissioners discussed the damages to the crops, levees and the city, sustained by recent protracted inundations due to careless and unsound repairs to the levee. They agree that if they deliberations of October 18th had been carried out as intended, the measures taken would have been effective. The opposition of Mr. Livaudais prevented this, and they resolved to cut all opposition and take drastic action to prevent further disaster.
Markets 2
144 11/8/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Commissioners discussed the auction of the market privilege which was to have taken place on October 4th, and resolved that the same be advertised again Sunday after High Mass and Monday in the streets, and auctioned the following Friday.
Hospitals - Charity Hospital 2
147 11/15/1782 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the matter of re-establishment of the Charity Hospital was taken up, but due to the illness of Acting Governor Miro, it was agreed to suspend deliberation.
Hospitals - Charity Hospital 2
152 12/13/1782 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - A letter from Galvez presented to the Cabildo at this time states that though he has not the charter of the Hospital before him, he is persuaded that all authority in the final analysis “is the concern of the Government and the Captaincy-General,” and orders that the Acting Governor take all necessary steps to have the hospital re-established at once. He orders further, however, that the Administrator of the Hospital present its accounts and receipts to the Cabildo, as per agreement of September 18th, 1778. - At this same meeting (page 154) Don Francisco de Reggio, Royal Ensign, presented a memorandum to the Council, in which he states in substance: “at about the time the city was founded the Hospital of Charity for the poor was erected by contributions, offerings, and legacies of the inhabitants, as is verified by traditions handed down by the first colonists and observed by some of the old inhabitants still living.” - This memorandum continues at considerable length to the effect that these “incontestable practices” were observed even after the ceding of the Colony from France to Spain, “until certain innovating spirits have pretended to shuffle the ancient uses and customs…” He further states that he would not dissuade the giver of such pious works, but protests that this giver sets himself apart “from the legitimate means of obtaining such a desirable result” - protesting that Almonaster had proceeded without knowledge or approval of the Cabildo, using the material from the old hospital, closing streets, etc. - The answer to the above from Acting Governor Miro (pages 172 to 175) upholds that authority of the Government and the Captaincy-General to maintain control of the hospital, stating: “…the direction of this Hospital corresponds to the Governor as Vice-Royal, and ordinary Ecclesiastic as Patron, according to the Holy Council of Trent…..since this Province has been ceded to our Catholic Monarch the Hospital of Charity has been governed by the aforementioned authorities, not having any relations with your Lordships….” He mentions only one instance (during the reign of Luis de Unzaga) when an old French custom was observed in calling a meeting of the citizens in a matter concerning the Hospital, which custom was abolished as contrary to practice in all Spanish Dominions. He mentions the hurricane in August 1780 which left the hospital in ruins, and Almonaster’s offer at the end of 1782 to rebuild the hospital at his own expense, and had immediately begun the construction with the consent of the Ecclesiastical Judge and his own (Miro’s). He further intimates that this gift might not materialize if he should force the citizen (Almonaster) to present himself to the Cabildo for permission to execute his philantropic gift. - A letter from the Reverend Cirilo of Barcelona (page 175) protests the Act of the Cabildo of September 18th, 1778, as contrary to Spanish Law.)

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