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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1796

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 I 139 1796 Don Luciano Abadie - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 I 106 1796 Don Juan Bautista Conrote - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 I 167 1796 Don Est. Francisco Mondet - Admitted to Practice Pharmacy
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 I 106 1796 Don Santiago Leduc - Doctor appointed to examine applicants for license to practice medicine or surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 I 106 1796 Don Estevan Fuignet de Pelegrue -Doctor appointed to examine applicants for license to practice medicine or surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 I 106 1796 Don Luis Fortier (or Fortin) - Doctor appointed to examine applicants for license to practice medicine or surgery - Examinations before two Commissioners
Officials--Annual Elections 4 I 77 1/1/1796 Don Manuel Perez, Senior Judge; Don Carlos de la Chaise, Junior Judge; Don Gabriel Fonvergne, Attorney General; Don Juan de Castanedo, City Treasurer
Wards and Districts 4 I 79 1/1/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Ronato Amelin - First Ward; Don Francisco Caiserguez - Second Ward; Don Manuel Perez Martinez - Third Ward; Don Pedro Bertoniere - Fourth Ward; and Don Nicolas Gravier - New Ward outside the Gate of St. Louis. Sworn into office - page 81.
Lighting 4 I 82 1/22/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The City Treasurer reports that the tinsmith, Francisco Chesse, proposed to solder all the lamps for one reale each, and to continue to solder them gratis during the year. This proposition was approved. The City Treasurer also reported that the fish oil in his charge contained lots of waste, and some which is not fit for use. The Commissioners appointed Don Andres Almonaster y Rojas to investigate.
Lighting 4 I 85 1/29/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The City Treasurer reports a small lot of oil being offerred at two reales per can by Don Daniel Clark. Don Andres Almonaster is commissioned to buy the lots if found of good quality. Don Andres reports (page 88) the difference in measurement in oil bought from the North). Don Andres reports the fish oil of Don Daniel Clark is of good quality, but he intends to deliver same according to the measurements of the North (Page 89).
Prisons 4 I 85 1/29/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Chief Constable, Pascalis de la Barrre, suggested that the jail being in his charge, he should live therein in conformity with the law in all the dominions of the Sovereign. He offered to build a house at his own expense in the rear of the jail patio. The Commissioners agreed, with the understanding that he could not rent, sell or mortgage the house, nor have right to the ground on which it is built.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 4 I 89 2/12/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time Roberto Jones requests payment for repairing the bridges of the city.
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 4 I 90 2/19/1796 Almonaster informs the Cabildo that Carondelet has been made Field Marshall of the Royal Armies.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 4 I 92 2/19/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - On strong recommendation of the Attorney General the Commissioners agreed to petition His Majesty to prohibit the importation of Negroes or Mulattoes of any class whatever from the Guinea Coast or from the Americas, until such time as circumstances less critical and more peaceful will permit. In the meantime, the Governor was requested to issue an official edict prohibiting the introduction of slaves into the province.
Cabildo--The New Building 4 I 98 3/11/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting the Commissioners discussed the necessity of placing a clock on the Cabildo Building, now under construction, and commissioned Don Francisco Pascalis de La Barre to find where and at what cost one might be obtained.
Dance Halls 4 I 95 3/11/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The four years having expired, Don Filberto Jorge (Fargo) requests the Commissioners to take over the building and pay him the appraised value. The Commissioners decided to put the building up for public auction or for rental, with the proceeds to go to Jorge (Fargo) until he is paid.
Lighting 4 I 96 3/11/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Royal Ensign submits an estimate of the consumption of supplies used in the lighting department comprising oil, cotton, sulphur, wisks, flints and steel. (Estimate is shown on page 99).
Rice 4 I 99 3/11/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners, aware that a large quantity of rice grown in this Province has been exported profitably thus creating a new line of commerce, are afraid that a shortage might result if this trade is permitted uninterrupted. They asked the Governor to prevent exportation until the next crop is harvested.
Warehouse 4 I 95 3/11/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The four years having expired. (See “Dance Halls”), Filberto Forge (Farge) petitioned the Cabildo to take over the building and pay him the appraised value. The Commissioners decided to put the buildings up for auction or for rental - the proceeds to go to Jorge (Farge) until he is paid the appraised value of the building after arranging a rental which he should pay for the ground. (A short time after this, a place was needed for the storage of rice (page 102) and it was decided to rent a place in one of the houses belonging to Filberto Jorge (Farge) built on land belonging to the city, and to arrange with Jorge (Farge) to take charge of the rice which is to be stored, the city to take a mortgage on the building as security on the rice.
Dance Halls 4 I 102 4/1/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time a place was needed for the storage of rice; (see "Rice"). It was decided to make an arrangement with Filberto Jorge (Fargo) whereby he would provide space in this building to store the rice, receive and distribute the same and remit the proceeds of sales to the City Treasurer; the city to take a mortgage on the building as security for the money he will handle and for the rice in his charge.
Levees 4 I 101 4/1/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Governor informed the Cabildo of the urgent necessity of building six flood gates on the ditches in the rear of the city to prevent the inundation of the city in case of a break in the Tchoupitoulas levee. The Commissioners agreed to build the flood gates immediately from the city funds, and placed the Sergeant Major of the Post in charge of the work. A statement is presented to the Cabildo (page 121) by Hilario Bouttet requesting payment for building six flood gates. (See also “Canals.)
Rice 4 I 102 4/1/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners agreed that five hundred barrels of rice be stored at the expense of the City Treasury, and for this purpose rented from Filberto Forge (Farge) space in a house which he had built on ground belonging to the city (see “Dance Halls.) - It was also agreed (page 107) that this room for the storage of rice should be lined with tin to keep out the rats, and to pay to Filberto Forge (Farge) a salary for distributing the rice to the public. (See also pages 166, 188, and 211 of Cabildo Book 4, Volune I, concerning the distribution of rice from this warehouse.)
Bakeries 4 I 106 4/22/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Due to the shortage of flour the Commissioners resolved to ask the Governor to prohibit the exportation of corn, and to authorize the bakers, and others who have flour, to report the amounts they have. - (On receipt of this report it was found there were only 581 barrels, including the 480 in the Royal Warehouse. The Governor chartered a ship from McDonough to sail for Vera Cruz to obtain supplies, and included six hundred barrels of flour in the cargo. Page 109).
Dance Halls 4 I 107 4/22/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners discuss the wages to be paid Filberto Jorge (Fargo) for distributing the rice, and resolved that the space to be used for rice must be lined with tin to keep out the rats. At this same time Filberto Jorge (Fargo) verbally proposed that he would take charge of the building for a period of five years and pay a rental of twenty Pesos per month, provided he is allowed the privilege of giving public dances for white people during the same five years. (This proposition was accepted - see "Rice.")
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 4 I 108 4/22/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - On this day the Governor chartered a ship to sail for Vera Cruz for supplies in which he included an order of 600 barrels of flour. He also asked that the ships of Don Daniel Clark and Juan Capio be prevented from sailing with 600 barrels of corn, due to the shortage of food in the colony.
Lighting 4 I 106 4/22/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The City Treasurer presents a document showing amounts he has supplied the lighting department in years 1794 and 1795, and asks for verification.
Warehouse 4 I 107 4/22/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners decide that the room which is to be rented for the storage of rice must be lined with tin to keep out the rats. This work was ordered done, the expense, together with the rental and the wages to be paid to Filberto Farge for receiving and distributing the rice, to be added to the cost of the rice. Filberto Farge proposes to the Cabildo that he will rent the houses for a period of five years, with the privilege of giving public dances for white people during that time; after which the building will revert to the City Treasury. The Commissioners agreed to this proposition.
Bakeries 4 I 110 4/26/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners agreed to ask the Governor to command that the bakers use rice with flour in making the bread, and two Commissioners were appointed to arrange with two bakers to make a test. (On page 111, the Commissioners report the bakers are unable to make a loaf of bread using half rice and half flour. They finally compromised on two-thirds flour and one-third rice, at a price of fifteen ounces for a half reale).
Lighting 4 I 115 5/13/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The City Treasurer reports the purchase of two large iron pots and three yards of thick flannel cloth for use of the night police in straining the oil used for lighting. Purchase approved.
Bakeries 4 I 118 5/24/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners met in extraordinary session to decide on the best means of obtaining a quantity of flour which has come in from northern ports, and which the merchants are not buying for their personal speculation. The Governor advised that he had ordered the flour held, and he thought it should be bought for the account of His Majesty and distributed among the bakers. The Commissioners resolved to make the purchases as indicated, and store the flour in the Royal Warehouse. (See also page 120).
Warehouse 4 I 118 5/24/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Cabildo met in extraordinary session to deliberate on the possibility of obtaining a quantity of flour which came in from Northern Ports, and which the merchants are not buying for their personal speculation. The Governor advised that he had ordered the flour held and had advised the Intendant that he thought it should be bought for the account of His Majesty to be distributed later to the bakeries. It was resolved that the Cabildo make the purchase through a loan from the Royal Treasury, and the flour deposited in the Royal Warehouses.
Warehouse 4 I 120 6/3/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor informs the Cabildo that the Intendant had offered a quantity of flour which is now in the Royal Warehouses in order that the community may have some bread not mixed with rice. (See “Bakeries.”)
Slaves and Savage Negroes 4 I 122 6/10/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - A document is presented by Don Alejandro Baudin in regard to permission he had obtained from the Intendant in 1793, to bring in a cargo of Negro slaves for his own service. He stated that he could not use the permit because of a resolution by the Cabildo prohibiting the importation of slaves during the war. The Attorney General (page 130) recommended that his petition be denied.
Levees 4 I 125 6/17/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The City Treasurer states that it has become necessary to employ a lawyer in the City of Havana to answer the appeal of Lorenzo Sigur in the suit instituted for the collection of 3,252 Pesos paid from the city funds for repairs to the levee in front of his property.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 I 137 7/15/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Commissioners considered that the cemetery now in use is not properly located - being too near the wharf where the boats land when using the canal built by the Governor. (See “Canals”). Not far away is another location which the Governor has already discussed with the Bishop. It was agreed to inclose this location with posts and the City Treasurer was authorized to purchase the posts and other material.
Land Grants 4 I 136 7/15/1796 Governor Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Attorney General states that he has had frequent complaints from residents whose lands border the public lands of the city where they are forbidden to cut fire wood. They state that these lands belong to them, which if true the city would have lost all its public lands. He states that no one had authority to grant said lands, and should there be any titles granted by concession before this Province was transferred to Spain, such titles should be null and void; and all lands granted without right should revert back to the public domain. He recommended that a survey be made and those persons dispossessed who are not lawful owners. The Commissioners agreed to ask the Governor to issue the corresponding judicial decree.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 4 I 137 7/15/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - A petition is read from Don Alejandro Baudin urging that he be permitted to bring in a shipment of savage Negroes, which had been previously denied. He states that he cannot be “financially ruined solely because of the general welfare of the Province.” The Commissioners resolved to attach this document to the previous file of documents, and submit the whole to the Governor.
Fire 4 I 139 7/22/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Chief Constable informs the Cabildo that he inspected the fire pumps repaired by Juan Dumaine, and recommends that the bill be paid.
Building Rules 4 I 141 7/29/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Attorney makes further recommendations in regard to building with brick, with some concessions to persons of small means. In the Second Ward frame buildings are prohibited. In the other three Wards, only roofs of tile or other fireproof material will be permitted.
Canals 4 I 145 8/19/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners wishing to honor Carondelet for "surrounding the city with a ditch, palisade and a door, establishing five redoubts in an artistic manner, and building a canal making quick and easy communication with the lakes," resolved that this fact be engraved on marble in Spanish, French, and English, and placed in the Charity Hospital "and shall face the door looking toward the City" known as "San Fernando Door" as an expression of public gratitude. It was also decreed that this canal be known for all time as the Carondelet Canal.
Portraits 4 I 145 8/19/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - It was resolved at this time to paint the portrait of the Governor (Carondelet) which portrait shall be placed, with a flourish of trumpets and drums, in the Chambers of the Cabildo. (See also “Canals.”)
Ecclesiastical 4 I 146 8/26/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Reverend Patricio Walsh asks the Cabildo for a testimonial as to his zeal in discharging his duties, which the Commissioners agreed should be given him. The Commissioners also decided at this meeting to place a light in the Plaza immediately in front of the church.
Lighting 4 I 147 8/26/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - A lamp is ordered to be placed in the Plaza immediately in front of the Cathedral.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 I 157 11/3/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this meeting a report is made by the two Commissioners investigating the work done in the cemetery and on the Carondelet Canal by Juan Bugui, in which the bill for 296 Pesos and five reales, is approved.
Prisons 4 I 160 11/18/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Bill is presented to the Cabildo by Don Nicholas Duquesney for repairs made to the Royal Jail by order of the Governor. At the same time, bill is presented by Don Hilario Bouttet for carpenter work done.
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 4 I 162 11/25/1796 At this time Carondelet advises the Cabildo of the resignation (in Cuba) of the Captain General of this Province, and the appointment of another in Barcelona. In view of the long period of time required for the appointee to arrive in Havana, Carondelet will assume the duties of Captain General for Louisiana. The King reserving the right to decide later who shall take command of the Province of Louisiana. The Commissioners express satisfaction at seeing him elevated to the grade of Captain General.
Hospitals - Lepers' Hospital 4 I 164 12/2/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time Don Juan Beauregard representing his mother, Dona Maria Magdalena Cartier, presented a statement of the funds of the Lepers’ Hospital which were in the custody of her deceased brother, Don Luis Beauregard, in the amount of 1,213 Pesos. He requested, if the account is found correct, that his mother be allowed to borrow 1000 Pesos at the usual interest. The Commissioners appointed two of their number to examine the accounts and report to the Cabildo. - (This report, page 209, stated that in order to discharge this duty, all the documents concerning the account were needed for examination. It was agreed that certified copies be given them.)
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 I 165 12/16/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the City Treasurer presents a bill covering expense of fencing the new cemetery, also the proceeds from the sale of pickets from the old cemetery.
Military 4 I 165 12/16/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Governor informs the Cabildo that His Majesty has declared war on the King of England. The Commissioners informed themselves of the contents of this letter and agreed to file same in the usual manner.

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