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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1795

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Officials--Annual Elections 3 III 185 1/1/1795 Don Ignacio de Lovio, Senior Judge; Don Joseph Xavier de Pontalba, Junior Judge; Don Miguel Fortier, Attorney General; Don Juan de Castanedo, City Treasurer
Wards and Districts 3 III 186 1/1/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Felix Arnaud - First Ward; Don Antonio Bonabel - Second Ward; Don Andres Wakernie (Guacarny) - Third Ward; and Don Juan Dolande (Delhonde) - Fourth Ward. (All of the above asked to be excused from service (page 188), and the following were elected in their places.) Don Joseph Pavia - First Ward; Don Juan Francisco Maricutt - Second Ward; Don Juan Plest - Third Ward; Don Domingo Langourand - Fourth Ward. (Due to increase in the houses on the lands of Don Beltran Gravier, on the outskirts of the City, the Commissioners decide to appoint a ward Commissioner in that section, and appointed Don Bautista Poeyfarre (page 193). Don Bautista refused the position (page 195) and Don Claudic Francisco Girod was appointed to the place.
Cabildo--The New Building 3 III 191 1/16/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting the Commissioners, considering the generous offer of Don Andres Almonaster y Rojas to rebuild the Cabildo, propose that he shall be paid in installments out of the city funds when it is possible to do so. They thanked him and agreed to let him proceed with the construction.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3 III 191 1/16/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners discussed, among other things, the necessity of repairing the bridges which were destroyed by the fire, as the inhabitants were not able to bear the expense.
Building Rules 3 III 198 2/20/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Cabildo grants permission to Don Joseph Xavier de Pontalba, Don Miguel Fortier, Don Estevan Bore, and Don Roberto Montreult to open a street through their own land in the middle of the block in front of the levee into Chartres Street, on the sole condition that all houses built thereon be of brick with flat roofs, and that on the extreme end of each house, two doors shall be built with a balcony over each door, in order that the symmetry of the city will not be disregarded.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 3 III 199 2/20/1795 Governor: Carondelet, Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Cabildo petitions the King for an increase in the number of Commissioners. (See "Commissioners").
Officials--Commissioners 3 III 199 2/20/1795 At this time the Commissioners drafted a petition to the King asking that the number of Commissioners comprising the Cabildo be increased. On July 28, 1797, a Royal Edict is received, authorizing the creation of six more commissions to be sold at public auction. (See Cabildo Book 4, Volume II, Page 13.)
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 3 III 198 2/20/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting the Commissioners resolved to offer a contract, at auction, for the upkeep of the bridges for a period of six years. (At the next meeting (page 204) the contractor, Roberto Jones, is promised twenty-five Pesos for the building of each new bridge.)
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 3 III 198 2/20/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting Don Joseph Xavier de Pontalba, Don Miguel Fortier, Don Estevan Bore, and Don Roberto Montreult presented a petition asking permission to open a street in their own land in the middle of the block, in front of the levee into Chartres Street.Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting Don Joseph Xavier de Pontalba, Don Miguel Fortier, Don Estevan Bore, and Don Roberto Montreult presented a petition asking permission to open a street in their own land in the middle of the block, in front of the levee into Chartres Street.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 4 I 2 4/25/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Cabildo assembled in extraordinary session at this time at the request of the Attorney General, who informed them that he had received repeated warnings from prominent citizens of a revolt among the slaves. Indications have increased due to news of the rebel “Junta” which has been scattered among the salves of the District of Punta Cortanada. He recommends the appointment of four citizens from the city and four from Punta Cortada to assist the Commandant in the search and investigation; also eight individual landholders to obtain secret information. The Commissioners agreed, and proceeded to elect the citizens to serve in this matter. A letter signed “Fleurian” (page 6) urged that all slaves be disarmed at once.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 4 I 8 5/2/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting a document is received from the Governor in which he answers the resolutions passed on the 25th of April (above). He also enclosed an original song in French (shown on page 20) which had been sent to him. The Commissioners discuss the calumnies which have been instigated against the Governor and refer to this song as an “insulting paper.” - The Governor ordered all arms found in Negro huts and on farms confiscated (page 13) and promised criminal proceedings against the Negroes under arrest in Punta Cortada. He intimated that this attempted uprising of the slaves was being fostered by his enemies (page 14), mentioning two defeats, administered to the enemy upon the Ohio. He mentions many falsehoods which have been circulated against him. The Commissioners (page 11) voted confidence in the Governor.
Lighting 4 I 23 5/9/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - A bill is presented by Don Juan Francisco Merieult covering a cargo of fish oil imported by order of the Governor, in the amount of 935 Pesos and 2-1/2 reales. The Commissioners agreed to pay this from the illumination funds. At the next meeting (page 24) the City Treasurer informed the Council that he had stopped payment on this oil because of four barrels of bad quality. It was resolved to have the entire shipment examined. On examination (page 27), seven barrels were rejected. The Commissioners being convinced that the said Merieult was not at fault, decided to give him a copy of the inspections in order that he might have recourse from the persons who shipped the oil from North America. At the next meeting (page 31) Merieult states that he cannot collect from his broker for the rejected oil as the oil was accepted before the inspection was made. The Commissioners rejected this statement, and the controversy continues on pages 33, 36, 38, and 41.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 4 I 23 5/9/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Governor and President informed the Cabildo that Mr. Cabaret had complained to him of the infamous rumor to the effect that he had twelve hundred rifles stored at his house by order of the Governor, with which to arm the Negroes.
Lighting 4 I 25 5/16/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting the Commissioners mentioned the advantage of obtaining the necessary oil through bids.
Ecclesiastical 4 I 26 5/22/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Reverend Patricio Walsh informs the Cabildo that Francisco Bermudez has been named Notary of Holy Crusades.
Lighting 4 I 26 5/22/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting Almonaster reports that several neighbors are complaining that they are not on the tax list for more chimneys than they have, while others are on the list for less chimneys than they have. The Commissioners resolved that a new census be made specifying the exact number of chimneys.
Fire 4 I 29 5/29/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Governor informs the Cabildo that he thought it would be beneficial to publish an Edict offering a reward of 500 Pesos to anyone finding the person who, on different occasions, had tried to burn this city.
Educational 4 I 33 6/12/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - A testimony is given to Reverend Father Friar Uvaldo Delgado testifying to his merits as a teacher of Kindergarten (Primary Grades) whose work has been and is now of great benefit to the Province.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 I 37 6/20/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign - Almonaster - Filberto Farge asks that the Cabildo grant him two lots of ground, sixty feet front each, in the square which had been used as a cemetery. The Commissioners determined that for the present the permission could not be granted.
Fire 4 I 41 7/17/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting an official letter from the Governor, informed the Cabildo that His Majesty had learned “with great sorrow” of the fire of December 8th, 1794, and will order, as soon as possible, the necessary help.
Rice 4 III 53 8/23/1795 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Acting Governor makes known to the Cabildo that El Baron de Carondelet had requested the King to assign the 4,925 Pesos (excess proceeds from the rental of small houses established by the Count de Galvez for the support of twelve orphan girls in the Ursuline Convent) to apply toward the establishment of a public granary for the storage of rice, and that this amount had been taken from the Royal Treasury by the deceased Governor Gayoso de Lemos. He informed the Cabildo that now having this information they may take whatever measures they find proper. (Copy of a Royal Order granting this assignment is found on page 55. See also page 58 indicating efforts made by the Commissioners to collect this amount.)
Building Rules 4 I 53 10/2/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor informs the Cabildo that if each person is permitted to build his home of lumber, at will, there are some who would build them so large that in case of fire, control would be difficult. He recommended that rules for building homes be established. (On page 55 these rules are presented in detail by the Attorney General and are approved by the Commissioners.)
Fire 4 I 53 10/2/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting the Governor recommended to the Cabildo that some rules be established regarding the building of homes. (See “Building Rules.”)
Bayous 4 I 59 11/6/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Reference is made at this time to Bayou St. John in connection with the erection of a draw bridge to permit schooners to reach the city through the Canal. (See “Canals”). (Pedro Guiot, alias Lafeunesse, was employed to build this bridge under the supervision of Commissioner Forstall. See Cabildo Book 4, Volume I, page 71).
Cabildo--The New Building 4 I 58 11/6/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting the Governor called attention to the fact that at a previous session it was not mentioned that the Cabildo Building should extend to the Corner of the Plaza to include the 41 by 60 feet of ground belonging to the Crown assigned to the troops of His Majesty - the extreme end of the 41 feet to be used by the Officers and Soldiers of the Guards; - the upper floors for use of this Cabildo forever. The Commissioners approved of the above suggestion and proposed that two thousand Pesos be dedicated to the new building from the Royal Treasury, to which the Intendant agreed for the reason that it would have been necessary to construct a building, in any event, at the Royal expense, for His Majesty's Guards. The Commissioners agreed that the building be erected as stated, and stipulated that the lower floors of the mentioned 41 by 60 feet should always be for use of the Guards.
Canals 4 I 59 11/6/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting the Commissioners discussed the benefits to be derived from the canal the Governor has had opened from the city to Bayou St. John, and decided to have a draw bridge erected to permit schooners to reach the city through this canal. (See "Bayous").
Hospitals - Charity Hospital 4 I 60 11/6/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Andres Almonaster exhibited two Royal Edicts which he requested copied in the records and the originals returned to him. One Edict granted him possession of a special pew in the Cathedral, and the other returned to him the management of the Charity Hospital which had been so unjustly taken from him. By this Edict Almonaster is given the privilege of appointing all the physicians of the hospital and all the employees of the hospital and church, without question, as long as he may live. (Both Edicts are given in toto - pages 60 to 64.)
Cabildo--The New Building 4 I 73 12/4/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting it was agreed that the hangman could not continue living at his present abode because it is the place where Don Andres Almonaster has started construction of the Capitol Houses.
Prisons 4 I 73 12/4/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - It was decided that the hangman could not continue living in his present abode as it is the place where Almonaster has started to build the Capitol Houses. (Later it was found inconvenient to house the executioner within the jail due to the complaints that he introduced alcoholic beverages to the prisoners. (See Cabildo 4, Volune II, page 83.)
Lighting 4 I 74 12/11/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The City Treasurer presents an estimate of the cost per month for wicks, cotton, sulphur and flint stones used by the lighting department, and asked the Cabildo to approve his action in placing Blas Puche, Corporal of Night Watchmen, in charge, and pay him 59 Pesos and 3 reales for 10 months’ service to 72 lamps in use at this time.
Lighting 4 I 76 12/18/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Almonaster certifies to the measurements of fish oil, stating that there are 972 cans, amounting to 303 Pesos and 6 reales. The Commissioners agreed to instruct the City Treasurer to pay this amount from the funds belonging to the lighting department.

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