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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1785

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 I 62 1785 Don Diego Vietrae - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 I 41 1785 Don Carlos Lubier - Admitted to Practice Pharmacy
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 I 54 1785 Don Philip Chesme - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 I 79 1785 Don Roberto Donalson - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Officials--Annual Elections 3 I 33 1/1/1785 Don Nicholas Forstall, Senior Judge; Don Rene Huchet de Kernion, Junior Judge; Don Francisco Riano, Attorney General; Don Francisco Blache, City Treasurer
Military 3 I 37 1/14/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - A Royal Order is presented concerning privileges allowed to disbanded soldiers so that they may come into possession of their estates.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 3 I 36 1/14/1785 Galvez is made Governor of Havana and Captain General of Cuba - retaining his status as Governor and Captain General of Louisiana and Florida.
Markets 3 I 39 1/21/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners discuss the payment of rent for the spaces occupied by the retailers in the public market, as well as the work to be done on the market to better the condition of the retailers. They also discussed the rental of the section destined for the sale of beef.
Currency 3 I 42 2/25/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General informs the Cabildo at this time that he has been requested by the citizens and business men of the Colony to call attention to the fact that after they have suffered all kinds of calamities from floods, hurricanes and wars, they are deprived of the privileges and rights granted by His Majesty in a free port of entry for a period of ten years (see "Commerce") due to the depreciation of the paper currency of the Royal Treasury which they have used as money since the end of 1780. The Commissioners resolved to inform His Majesty and request a remedy.
Laws 3 I 46 4/8/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Governor makes known that Royal Orders to the two Americas forbid any employee in the Royal Service to make direct appeal to the King. Same must be made through immediate superiors, except in cases where an employee wishes to report an insult or grievance.
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 3 I 48 4/15/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Miro quotes a letter from Galvez concerning the cleaning and improvement of the streets, in which he states that the cost must be paid out of the city funds. The Commissioners resolved to submit this matter to His Majesty, through the Governor.
Canals 3 I 49 4/22/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting Almonaster announced that he had constructed a hospital for lepers, bounded on one side by a canal which he had also constructed for sick people to bathe in. ( See "Hospitals, Lepers.")
Hospitals - Lepers' Hospital 3 I 49 4/22/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time a letter from Don Andres Almonaster was presented in which he states he has built a hospital for the lepers, with four separate divisions, large enough to lodge many white families with separate quarters for colored people; located at the end of his farm bounded by the lands of Joseph Curtis on one side and on the other side by a canal which he has constructed for the sick people to bathe in; that the lepers may be kept together, there being a large number.
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 3 I 51 4/29/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Rggio, Sr. - The governor states that in view of the fact that six convicts have been picked to clean the streets, it is necessary to appoint a person to have charge of them. The Commissioners agreed that a Sergeant be appointed.
Laws 3 I 51 5/6/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Cabildo receives instructions from Galvez concerning their authority in the absence of the Acting Governor. They are also informed that the inexperienced Judges should consult with the Superior Judge of the Province in all law cases.
Laws 3 I 59 7/8/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Juan Escolano, representative of the Cabildo in the city of Madrid, advises the Commissioners that when the city funds are insufficient to meet the needs of the Council in all that is useful and necessary to the Community, they may agree to impose an excise tax amongst the residents, requesting Royal permission to carry it out, without which it cannot be effected.
Taxes 3 I 59 7/8/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Don Juan Escolano, representative of the Cabildo in the City of Madrid, advises the Commissioners that when the city funds are not sufficient to meet the needs of the Council and all that is necessary for the community, they may agree to impose an excise tax on the citizens, requesting Royal permission to carry it out, without which it cannot be effected.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3
64 8/16/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Acting Governor presents an official letter from Galvez in which he states that the city may, this once, repair the bridges from the city funds.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 3 I 63 8/26/1785 Notifies the Cabildo by letter that the King has conferred upon him the Viceroyship of New Spain.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3 I 64 8/26/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Acting Governor presents an official letter from Galvez in which he states that the city may, this once, repair the bridges from the city funds.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3 I 64 8/26/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Acting Governor presents an official letter from Galvez in which he states that the city may, this once, repair the bridges from the city funds.
Laws 3 I 66 9/16/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Governor enclosed a Royal Dispatch decreeing the prompt payment of indebtedness to laborers, servants, grocery stores, boarding and rooming house owners, and other creditor persons. This decree (shown in full on pages 69 to 73) also revokes the statute law concerning the distinction of class or privileged persons in regard to the payment of just debts.
Levees 3 I 76 10/7/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the repairing of the embankment or levee in front of the city was taken up, and Commissioner Arnoul was appointed to take charge of the work and to keep an account of the expense.
Hospitals - Lepers' Hospital 3 I 78 11/18/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Governor presented a petition in which Francisca Roquigmy requested him to obtain the return of her son from the House of Lepers in view of certificate she presented from Don Estevan Jovignet de Pellegrut (physician). The Commissioners resolved to obtain other medical opinion before taking any action. (At the next meeting, page 79, the opinions of other surgeons were reviewed and it was resolved that the said Roquigni could not return to live with his family.)
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3 I 78 11/18/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Commissioners received a report of 57 bridges needing repairs. They agreed to rebuild same out of the city funds in accordance with orders from Galvez. (On page 118, Contractor Berbique requests payment for building fifty-five bridges and on page 155, for building twenty-seven bridges.)
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3 I 78 11/18/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Commissioners received a report of 57 bridges needing repairs. They agreed to rebuild same out of the city funds in accordance with orders from Galvez. (On page 118, Contractor Berbique requests payment for building fifty-five bridges and on page 155, for building twenty-seven bridges.)
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3
78 11/18/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Commissioners received a report of 57 bridges needing repairs. They agreed to rebuild same out of the city funds in accordance with orders from Galvez. (On page 118, Contractor Berbique requests payment for building fifty-five bridges and on page 155, for building twenty-seven bridges.)
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 I 81 12/16/1785 Miro presents Royal Decree naming him Civil and Military Governor of the City of New Orleans and the Province of Louisiana.
Tobacco 3 I 86 12/23/1785 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, St. - A letter is presented by the Governor enclosing a Royal Order prohibiting passengers to embark with more than two pounds of tobacco. This law applied to the Nobility arriving in Spain as well as the American gentlemen.

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