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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1790

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 II 143 1790 Don Carlos Escouffies - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 3 II 94 1790 Don Joseph Command - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Officials--Annual Elections 3 II 89 1/1/1790 Don Joseph de Ortega, Senior Judge; Don Andres Almonaster, Junior Judge; Don Roberto Avart (Assarte), Attorney General; Don Mathias Alpuente, City Treasurer
Levees 3 II 92 1/22/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - At this time Don Beltran Gravier presented a petition asking for payment for repairs to the levee on the lands of Don Juan Bautista Mc Carty, Don Leonardo Mazange and Don Joseph Wiltz, which contract was auctioned to him. The Commissioners agreed to pay him 3,480 Pesos.
Levees 3 II 95 2/19/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The Commissioners consider at this time that although measures have been taken, at the expense of the City Treasury, to keep in repair the levees on the lands of Don Juan Bautista Mc Carty and Don Leonardo Mazange, their efforts will not be successful unless the lands which have been abandoned by the above mentioned citizens are taken over by other owners who will take care of the levees as other citizens do. They resolved to auction the said lands, binding the new owners to maintain the levees in good condition.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 3 II 96 2/26/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time a Royal Decree is read concerning the education, treatment and occupation of salves in all the realms of His Majesty. The Commissioners, forseeing that if they execute this Decree in accordance with His Majesty’s wishes, great damage will result to this Province, appealed to the Governor to suspend the execution of this Royal Order until they can petition His Majesty for a new decision. In July (page 115) the petition is drafted and sent to the King.
Levees 3 II 97 3/5/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The Annual Commissioners, who had gone to the usual public place on the first of the month to attend the public sale of the abandoned lands of Mc Carty and Mazange, as provided in the previous session, report at this time that there was not one person present to whom said lands could be auctioned. Considering the imminent danger due to the approaching high water season, the Commissioners agreed to offer the lands free to any inhabitant who could obligate himself to keep the levee in good condition.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Carlos De La Chaise 3 II 98 3/12/1790 Presents appointment made by Forstall to fill position in the Cabildo during Forstall's absence in accordance with Royal Order (above). (De la Chaise filled the position as Deputy Commissioner until August 29th, 1795 when Forstall again appears in the record. In 1796 de la Chaise is elected Junior Judge. (See "ANNUAL ELECTION").
Officials--Commissioners--Don Andres Almonaster Y Rojas 3 II 100 3/18/1790 Appointed to the position resigned in his favor by Don Carlos de Reggio.
Levees 3 II 102 4/9/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting the Commissioners discussed measures to be taken to combat the flood which occurred the day before and destroyed the strongly repaired levee on the abandoned lands of Mc Carty and Mazange. It was agreed to use all possible means to close the break, employing, besides the Negro workers furnished by the inhabitants, all other available labor. The funds of the City Treasury being exhausted, the Commissioners decided to increase the indebtedness of the Treasury, and pay a wage of three reales daily for each laborer; and to inform His Majesty through the Supreme Council. - (No meetings of the Cabildo were held from this date until May 7th, due to the absence of two Commissioners engaged in repairing the levee.)
Ecclesiastical - Father Friar Antonio Sedella 3 II 106 5/7/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Very Reverend Father Friar Antonio de Sedella asks the Cabildo to attest the fact that they had previously given him a testimonial, and of their own accord had petitioned His Majesty to grant him the title of His Majesty’s Preacher (Orator). The Commissioners unanimously agreed that this be done. Later (page 139) a letter is received from Father Sedella, dated at the Royal Palace of El Prado, in which he thanked the Cabildo and informed them that the title of “His Majesty’s Honorary Preacher” had been conferred upon him.
Levees 3 II 105 5/7/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners considering the various drains on the City Treasury due to the fire of 1788, the building of the new cemetery, etc., and lastly the two breaks in the levee with resulting damages, agree to ask the Governor to pay for the new levee from the proceeds of His Majesty’s boat “La Trucha” provided for the aid of the fire victims of 1788.
Markets 3 II 105 5/7/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - In a resolution submitted to the Governor regarding the lack of funds in the City Treasury, the Commissioners enumerate many unavoidable expenses incurred, among which is mentioned “the new market to provide for the wants of the public, the old one having been burned in said fire.”
Markets 3 II 108 5/14/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - A letter is presented by Don Augustin McCarty asking to be paid the sum of 2824 Pesos out of the city funds for work done on the market in accordance with contract and the report of Don Francisco de la Barre appointed to inspect the work. Payment was authorized.
Ecclesiastical 3 II 109 5/28/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - The Governor and President of this Cabildo presented a Royal Decree at this meeting, wherein His Majesty annuls a previous Decree abolishing the small monasteries of the Religious Military Order in the realms of the Indies and Philippine Islands.
Fire 3 II 112 6/18/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor informs the Cabildo that the King has authorized him to create a Board for the distribution of the funds which have been given by the inhabitants for the victims of the fire, and the funds derived from the sale of the cargo of His Majesty’s ship “La Trucha.”
Officials--Notary Public for the City--Don Francisco Brautin (or Broutin) 3 II 119 8/20/1790 At this time a new office of Notary Public of the city is created, to be sold to the highest bidder. Don Francisco received the appointment.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 3 II 122 9/17/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the continuous increase of savage Negroes, due to lack of funds to finance expeditions against them, was discussed. The Commissioners resolved to send a copy of their resolution of February 9th, 1787 (above) to the King with a new request that each purchaser of slaves pa one Peso per head when acquiring them, to provide means of controlling this danger.
Markets 3 II 123 9/24/1790 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners discussed the method of renting the rooms in the new market. It was agreed that the ten large rooms facing the river should be occupied by the dealers of beef, and that the dealers of pork, veal, and lamb should occupy the small rooms facing the levee.
Officials--Royal Notary Public--Don Carlos Jimenes (Ximenes) 3 II 124 10/15/1790 At this time it was ordered by the Governor that someone be appointed to take over the affairs of Don Rafael Perdomo to satisfy the Court of Appeals in the City of Havana. Don Carlos Jimenes (Ximenes) was appointed.

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