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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1798

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 II 166 1798 Don Juan Bausier - Admitted to Practice Pharmacy
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 II 166 1798 Don Estevan Mondet - Admitted to Practice Pharmacy
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 II 166 1798 Don Luis Chevalier Malarcher - Admitted to Practice Pharmacy
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 II 166 1798 Don Santiago Gouyon - Admitted to Practice Pharmacy
Officials--Annual Elections 4 II 98 1/1/1798 Don Manuel Serrano, Senior Judge; Don Pedro Marin de Argote, Junior Judge; Don Francisco Caisergues, Attorney General; Don Juan de Castanedo, City Treasurer
Wards and Districts 4 II 101 1/5/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Syndics: Pedro Foucher, Leonardo Mazange, Pedro Suave - District: Coast of Tchoupitoulas, this side of the river; Syndics: Juan Bautista Degruis, Monsieur Aranplu - District: Other side of river - upper section; Syndics: Nicolas Verbois, Monsieur Caselar - District: Other side of river - lower section. Syndic: Duverger (or De Verges) - District: Outside the entrance of San Carlos (St. Charles); Syndics: Soignet Dufossat, Carlos Devillier* - District: Bayou St. John; Syndics: Monsieur Halar, Sr., Alejandro Baudin - District: Metairie; Syndic: Mon. Eufroy Dreux - District: Gentilly. (*Devillier resigned (page 105) and Bievenue was appointed in his place.)
Wards and Districts 4 II 101 1/5/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Francisco Riano - First Ward, Don Luis Darby Danycan - Second Ward, Don Jayme Jorda - Third Ward; Don Juan de Castanedo - Fourth Ward; Don Juan Bautista Poeyfarre - Santa Maria Ward - (close to St. Louis Fort); Don Carlos de la Chaise - New Ward - (close to the St. Charles Fort)
Cabildo--The New Building 4 II 103 1/19/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time Don Lorenzo Seguir produced the eight thousand Pesos (See "Levees") stating that the amount had been advanced him by Don Andres Almonaster. The Commissioners transferred the balance owed to the Royal Treasury, amounting to five thousand Pesos to Almonaster for account of the Cabildo Building.
Fire 4 II 104 1/19/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners resolved to assemble all the fire engines for inspection and repairs, and distribute them again among the Ward Commissioners.
Levees 4 II 104 1/19/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - Don Alejandro Baudin presents a document stating he had obtained the contract for repairs to the levee of this city, which work is almost concluded, and he desired an advance of one-half the amount of the contract.
Levees 4 II 103 1/19/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time Don Lorenzo Seguir produced the eight thousand Pesos which amount he had been ordered to produce; he stated that the money was advanced him by Don Andres Almonaster y Royas. The Commissioners transferred five thousand Pesos to the Royal Treasury, and delivered to the Royal Ensign (Almonaster) three thousand Pesos on account of the Cabildo Building. (See “The New Building” under Cabildo in Part I of this volu
Lighting 4 II 107 2/14/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Cabildo is called into extraordinary session to consider revenue to cover the expenses of the lighting department. The Governor informs the Council that the inhabitants having refused to pay the chimney tax, it is his opinion that they could not be compelled to do so because His Majesty had never been consulted in the matter. The Commissioners resolved to present a plan at the next meeting.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Pedro De La Roche 4 II 109 2/16/1798 Appointed by Gayoso to fill this position after the death of Beauregard.
Lighting 4 II 111 2/23/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Commissioners discuss the fact that a lot of bear grease has arrived in the city and arrange for the purchase of a supply for the lighting department.
Land Grants 4 II 120 4/3/1798 Governor: Gayoso: Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Royal Ensign (Almonaster) requests certified copies of the deeds through which 10 lots were granted to certain tenants, which lots comprise the front on two sides of the Plaza, and belongs to His Lordship. (See “Orphans.”)
Orphans 4 II 120 4/3/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Royal Ensign (Almonaster) requested certified copies of the deeds by which ten lots were granted certain tenants -which lots comprise the front on two sides of the Plaza, and belong to His Lordship.
Lighting 4 II 122 4/16/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Cabildo is again called into extraordinary session by the Governor to provide means for establishing a lasting street lighting service, as the residents refuse to pay the tax on chimneys. It was suggested that they tax the butchers and the bakers on the meat and bread sold. At the next session (page 124), a letter from the Lieutenant Governor and Judge Advocate of War, Vidal, recommended that they accept the voluntary tax offered by the butchers and bakers. The Royal Ensign protested this tax until approved by the King, and the Attorney General supported him. A majority of the Commissioners, however, voted in favor of the tax, which was approved by the Governor.
Cabildo--The New Building 4 II 135 4/27/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Vacant - At this time the Governor states that as the work started by "the deceased Don Andres Almonaster y Rojas" is about to be completed, he believes it would be convenient to appoint some one to take charge of the work, with Colonel Gilberto Guillemard to continue the supervision. The Commissioners were requested to ask the widow to appoint this person.
Lighting 4 II 134 4/27/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Vacant - At this meeting the Governor states his opinion that the inhabitants of this city be notified through the Ward Commissioners that the tax on chimneys has been discontinued; the Ward Commissioners to collect the amounts due up to the end of March ultimo. - The City Treasurer suggested a proper document to show the amounts to be paid by the bakers.
Garbage 4 II 137 5/11/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: vacant. - At this time the Governor states that he considers the cleaning of the streets essential to the health of the city, and that it is necessary to establish a street cleaning service. He recommends that one wagon be purchased to carry the garbage daily to some proper place; that the cost of the wagon, horses, feed of the animals and the wages of one Negro be provided out of the city funds, the supervision to be under Sergeant Perez, who has charge of the street repairs. In the meantime the cart drivers are to pick up all garbage found in the streets.
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 4 II 137 5/11/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Vacant - At this time the Governor and President of the Cabildo recommends the establishment of a street cleaning service. (See “Garbage.”)
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 4 II 144 6/1/1798 Governor: Gayoso, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners discussed the fact that this Cabildo, being the governing body of the capital city of a Province, is without rank and without any exterior badge to be used by its members, and resolved to petition the King to grant them the military honors and rank which might meet with his approval, and to approve the uniforms agreed upon by the Commissioners. (At the time of the transfer of the Province back to France this matter was still pending - see Cabildo Book 4, Volume IV, page 217).
Officials--Commissioners--Don Pedro Denis De La Ronde 4 II 145 6/8/1798 Appointed by the Governor (Gayoso) to the position of Commissioner and Royal Ensign to succeed Andres Almonaster y Rojas, deceased.
Officials--Royal Notary Public--Don Estevan De Quinones 4 II 150 6/28/1798 Is appointed Royal Secretary. (Royal Document of Page 15).
Garbage 4 II 154 7/6/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: vacant - The wagon having been completed at this time, the Commissioners decided to let a contract to pick up the garbage for a period of one year.
Cabildo--The New Building 4 II 161 7/27/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time a petition is presented by the widow of Don Andres Almonaster stating that she has previously asked for three thousand Pesos as a partial payment on the contract for the construction of the Cabildo, and asks that the Commissioners advance her this amount which she needs to finish the work. The Commissioners instructed the City Treasurer to deliver 2500 Pesos to her and take the proper receipt.
Lighting 4 II 160 7/27/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The City Treasurer presents a report concerning the bear fat and pelican grease which he bought for the Lighting Department. The Commissioners agreed that he purchase all he can find, paying for it out of the lighting funds.
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 4 II 165 8/17/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners, considering that it is useful to pave with stones those places of the street where many holes are found, agreed to buy all ballast brought by the boats, and to start paving in those places where it is most needed.
Garbage 4 II 166 8/31/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Gilberto Guillemard, appointed to draw a plan of four declivities near the edge of the river to carry the filth into the river, presented a detailed estimate of the cost. (See “Levees.”)
Levees 4 II 166 8/31/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Gilberto Guillemard was appointed to draw the plans for the building of four declivities near the edge of the river so that filth might be carried into the river; these plans to be in connection with repairs to the levee from a point in front of the Government Building to the house of Francisco Duplessis. Guillemard presented the plans at this time, and the Commissioners agreed to have the contract auctioned to the lowest bidder.
Levees 4 II 169 9/14/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners appointed to attend to the auction of this contract reported that it had been offered three times but no bid had been received lower than 1,900 Pesos; as the cost had been estimated at 1,141 Pesos, the Commissioners decided to have the work done under the direction and for the account of the City Treasury. Commissioners Don Francisco de Riano and Don Luis Darby Danycan were elected to supervise the work.
Lighting 4 II 171 9/14/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The City Treasurer presented two reports signed by the Ward Commissioners, showing those who have paid the chimney tax and those who have not. The Commissioners agreed to overlook those who have not paid and to consider this branch of the service abolished.
Archives 4 II 174 10/13/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Secretary of the Cabildo (Pedesclaux) requested the Commissioners to permit him to use the two lower rooms of the Cabildo Building in order to make more secure the files of the Archives.
Levees 4 II 174 10/13/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the two Commissioners elected to supervise the repairing of the levee and building of the declivities report that the levee repairs should extend 13-1/2 Teusas toward the Gate of St. Louis and 17-1/2 Teusas toward the meat market so that a shed can be built for use of the fishermen, hunters and butchers when selling their goods. They also suggested that as ships are now paying anchorage duties, piles of a proper width should be placed along the levee so that ships may be tied. The Commissioners approved these suggestions and ordered same carried out.
Markets 4 II 174 10/13/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Francisco de Riano and Don Luis Darby Danycan, Commissioners appointed to supervise the repairing of the levees, recommend that the repairing extend from the Gate of St. Louis toward the meat market so that a shed could be build for the use of the fisherman, hunters and butchers, so that the city might benefit from taxes paid by these retailers. The Commissioners approved, and ordered that the work be done.
Wharf Landings 4 II 174 10/13/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the two Commissioners, who had been appointed to supervise the repairing of the levees and building of the declivities (See “Levees”) incorporated in their report to the Cabildo their opinion that as the ships are now paying the anchorage duties they should be provided some comfort; that piles of a proper width be placed alongside the levee to which the ships may be tied. The Commissioners agreed to approve this project along with their other recommendations.
Lighting 4 II 175 10/19/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - A Royal Decree is received in which His Majesty approves the Lighting Department and Night Police of this city, and orders that this service be taken care of by the chimney tax, and the distribution of three hundred tuesas of government or city land to be leased to the best bidders as truck farms, for the benefit of the Lighting Department. The Commissioners, having already submitted the other means of income to His Majesty, resolved to await further approval.
Cabildo--The New Building 4 II 177 11/9/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Gilberto Guillemard informs the Cabildo that he has been appointed to direct and supervise the building, and asks that a salary be assigned to him.
Archives 4 II 180 11/23/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Attorney General requested that an inventory of all deeds of sale, real estate titles and concessions executed during the French rule in this Province be made, and a copy filed with the Secretary of the Government, and another copy filed in the Archives. The originals to be filed in tin boxes.
Cabildo--The New Building 4 II 179 11/23/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners discussed the means to be taken to finish the building at once; much work was being delayed because materials were not supplied promptly. They agreed to advance to Dona Luisa de la Ronde, widow of Almonaster, the sum of three thousand Pesos and to pay to Don Gilberto Guillemard the sum of three hundred Pesos, to be given to him for account of Dona Luisa de la Ronde.
Inventory 4 II 180 11/23/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General requests that an inventory be made of all deeds of sale, real estate titles and concessions executed during the French Rule in this City, as all of these documents are on loose sheets and difficult to bind; that a copy of this inventory be filed with the Secretary of the Government, and another copy filed in the Archives of the Cabildo, the originals to be filed in the boxes.
Markets 4 II 180 11/23/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners discussed the construction of a Fish Market. They resolved to approve the plan already presented, that the roof be constructed of tile and that specifications be published every three days asking for bids.
Cabildo--The New Building 4 II 181 12/3/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Cabildo is called together in extraordinary session to consider the offer made by Dona Luisa de la Ronde to deliver to the Cabildo the building in its unfinished condition; the present work to be appraised and properly credited to her, and the Commissioners to assume responsibility for the completion; with the exception of the ceiling and the staircase which are the only two portions to be built for the account of her late husband.
Wharf Landings 4 II 193 12/10/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the City Treasurer presents bills representing money he had paid out for the construction of three declivities, three small wharves, a privy with its door, and piles to which the ships may be tied while in the wharf.
Markets 4 II 191 12/15/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time a document is presented by Don Bartholeme Lafond stating that he has obtained the bond required in connection with the construction of the Fish Market, which contract was granted to him for the sum of 2773 Pesos, with the understanding that one-third of this amount be advanced to him.
Gunpowder 4 II 193 12/20/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners agreed to sell an old house on the other side of the river to Francisco Daspite Saintamand on condition that he keep his business and residence on the west side of the gunpower house.
Levees 4 II 193 12/20/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the City Treasurer presents a bill representing the money he has paid out for the construction of three declivities, the small wharves, a privy with its door, and piles to which to tie the ships while in the harbor.

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