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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1786

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Officials--Annual Elections 3 I 88 1/1/1786 Don Joseph de Orue, Senior Judge; Don Guido Dufossat, Junior Judge; Don Carlos De Reggio, Attorney General, Don Francisco Blache, City Treasurer
Land Grants 3 I 91 1/27/1786 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners again take up the matter concerning the ownership of the land situated at the corner of Dumaine and Conde Streets, on which they had asked a decision by the Governor whether to demolish or sell the buildings thereon in order to collect the taxes from Guido Dufosset, to whom the land had been granted. The Governor replied that he had not the right to sell the land nor demolish the buildings. The Commissioners referred to the Act of December 19th, 1782 (above) and agreed to send a copy to the Governor that he might take the necessary action. -(Later the Governor presents an official letter enclosing a Royal Order in which His Majesty decides to keep for his Royal Treasury the lot of ground next to His Royal Warehouses. See Cabildo Book 3, Volume II, page 5).
Warehouse 3 I 91 1/27/1786 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners at this time again take up the matter of the ownership of the land situated at the corner of Dumaine and Conde Streets. They recall that they had taken up the matter with the Governor requesting permission to either demolish or sell the buildings which belong to the King in order that the City Treasury might receive the taxes from the land which should be paid by Don Guido Dufossat. It was agreed to send a copy of the proceedings to the Governor.
Markets 3 I 93 2/17/1786 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time Commissioner Reggio, in charge of the administration of the public market, mentioned the difficulties in collecting the rents. He also stated that there is no one to take care of the cleaning, see that the tables of the butchers are not robbed, nor to open the doors at regular hours. It was decided to build a small house on the lot of land next to the market in which a porter from the Cabildo could live who would have charge of all these matters, and especially keep the retailers well pleased. It was agreed to build this house 15 feet front, and 30 feet deep, facing Conde Street. (At a later meeting, page 122, Don Jacobo Cowperhwait requested payment of 1000 Pesos for the erection of a small house adjoining the market; which was approved for payment, page 124.)
Hospitals - Small Pox Hospital 3 I 98 3/5/1786 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - On pages 98 and 99, mention is made of a copy of rules and regulations published by the King, dated September 14, 1785, governing the manner of handling small pox, which has been sent to the Governor, concerning isolation camps for the victims. A letter from Miro transmits these pamphlets to the Commissioners, with suggestions that they act with their accustomed zeal.
Animals 3 1 105 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Governor presented to the Cabildo an "Edict for Good Government." This edict, consisting of 34 Articles, is shown in full on pages 105 to 111, and appears to have been the first city laws issued by the Spanish Government up to this time, except those established by O'Reilly which are not shown in the record. - Articles 24 and 25 of this edict provide definite rules governing dogs and animals of various kinds running at large. (For dead animals see "Garbage" also "Health Rules").
Ecclesiastical 3 I 105 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - An Edict of Government for the city containing 34 articles was published at this time. Articles 1, 2 and 3 prohibit work, traffic of carts and selling of merchandise on Sundays and religious Holidays.
Fire 3 I 110 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting an official letter from the Governor is read, in which he enclosed an Edict for Good Government containing a set of 34 laws (See “Laws”). Section 27 provides that chimneys be cleaned punctually each month.
Gambling 3 I 107 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Governor presented to the Cabildo an Edict for Good Government, which he had had published, containing 34 laws. Section 7 prohibits gambling or any game of chance
Garbage 3 I 110 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Article 26 of the General City laws published by Miro provides that no dead animals be thrown in the streets, but should be buried.
Gunpowder 3 I 111 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - An Edict by the Governor published at this time containing 34 general laws, prohibits merchants from having more than 50 pounds of gunpowder in their stores at one time.
Health Rules - Sanitation 3 III 111 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Section 30 of the Edict of Good Government, published by Miro at this time, required that citizens have the fronts of their residence swept and watered.
Laws 3 I 105 6/2/1786 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Governor presents an edict for good government which he had had published, comprising thirty-four laws for the government of the city. These laws cover morals, traffic, gambling, the use of fire arms, duels, dances for colored people, curfew hours, immigration of Creole Negroes, animals in the streets, etc., and appear to be the first city laws issued by the Spanish Government, except those established by O’Reilly which are not shown in the Cabildo records. This set of laws is broken down and carried under the various classifications affected.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 3 I 111 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Article 34 of an Edict of Good Government published by Miro, prohibits the immigration of Creaole Negroes from the French and British Islands; orders that cargoes be inspected at the “Baliza” (Belize) and if the said Creole Negroes are found, that they be detained until their owners send them back by the first steamer; said Negroes to be fed at owners expense, while detained.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3 I 111 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Section 29 of the Edict for Good Government published by Miro, requires owners to keep the property in front of their homes clean, cleaning the ditches without deepening them; to be done once a month.
Traffic Rules 3 I 109 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - Section 17 of the General City Laws established by Governor Miro provide definite traffic rules covering speeding on horseback or on carts in the city.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 I 119 9/1/1786 Receives Royal Decree granting privilege to sing with a seal.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Joseph Ducros 3 I 128 11/17/1786 Receives Commission from Governor Don Estavan Miro making him Perpetual Commissioner and General Treasurer.
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Pedro Bertonier 3 I 129 11/24/1786 Bertonier receives the Royal Commission signed by the King, confirming title (Commission on page 138).
Officials--Royal Notary Public--Don Rafael Perdomo 3 I 129 11/24/1786 Receives the Royal Commission confirming his appointment, made saleable and in favor of the Royal Treasury, in case of death or resignation.
Hospitals - Lepers' Hospital 3 I 142 12/22/1786 Acting Governor: Miro: Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Governor and President of the Cabildo (Miro) advised that he had taken up with the Captain General the matter of funds originating from the rentals of stalls in the market, amounting to 2,100 Pesos, and which are now in the hands of Don Juan Ventura Morales, in order that His Excellency may apply same to the urgent need of the Lepers’ Hospital, to which the Captain General had agreed. After receiving this amount from Morales, 165 Pesos were paid for repairs to the Hospital, and the remainder turned over to Don Louis Toutant Beauregard to be loaned out at interest for the benefit of the Hospital.
Markets 3 I 142 12/22/1786 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the President and Governor took up with the Captain General the matter of funds which are in the hands of Don Juan Ventura de Morales originating from the savings from rentals of stalls in the market of this Plaza, in order that His Excellency may apply same to the urgent expenses of the Lepers’ Hospital, to which the said Captain General agreed.
Military 3 I 142 12/22/1786 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - An official letter is received from the Governor informing the Cabildo of the grace granted by His Majesty to the officers and Sergeants of the Battalion of Militia of this city, granting them the enjoyment of Military Statutes in recognition of their services in the last war with Britain. (Letter on page 143.)

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