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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1800

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 III 125 1800 Don Joseph Montegut - Doctor appointed to examine applicants for license to practice medicine or surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 III 125 1800 Don Santiago Leduc - Doctor appointed to examine applicants for license to practice medicine or surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 III 125 1800 Don Roberto Doss (or Dow) - Doctor appointed to examine applicants for license to practice medicine or surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 III 127 1800 Don Jorge Pfeiffer - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 III 125 1800 Don Estevan de Pelegrue - Doctor appointed to examine applicants for license to practice medicine or surgery
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 III 189 1800 Don Jose Cruz Conwel - Admitted to Practice Surgery
Officials--Annual Elections 4 III 118 1/1/1800 Don Manuel Perez, Senior Judge; Don Juan Bautista Poeyfarre, Junior Judge; Don Pedro Dulcido Barran, Attorney General; Don Juan de Castanedo, City Treasurer
Wards and Districts 4 III 121 1/3/1800 Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Syndics: Roberto Assart, Francisco Dorville, Monsieur Forcelle - District: Coast of Tchoupitoulas; Syndics: Duseau, Jr., Jugay Livaudais - District: Other side of river - upper section; Nicolas Verbois, Bernardo Tremoulet, Cirilo Fazende - District: Other side of river - lower section; Syndics: Salomon Prevost, Carlos La Chaise - District: Outside the Gate of St. Charles; Syndic: Monsieur Halar, Jr. - District: Bridge of Bayou St. John to the Metairie; Syndic: Pablo Darcantel - District: Gentilly.
Wards and Districts 4 III 121 1/3/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Francisco Landreau* - First Ward; Don Pedro Colson - Second Ward; Don Juan Bautista Diselet* - Third Ward; Don Nicolas Masa Lisana* - Fourth Ward; Monsieur Benard - Santa Maria Ward; Don Joaquin Lisa - Bayou Road Ward; Don Luis Bruneau Girandeau (Girodeau) - Outsid the Gate of St. Charles. (*The gentlemen indicated were excused from serving (page 123) and Monsieur Callavet, Don Juan Bautista Bermudez and Don Domingo Languarand were appointed to their respective places.)
Gambling 4 III 130 2/7/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Attorney General calls attention to public gambling places owned by Boniquet and Coquet. (See “Theatres.”)
Taxes 4 III 130 2/7/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Attorney General presented a memorial calling attention to the public gambling place owned by Boniquet operated under the pretext of a license for a lottery to procure funds to cover the expense of the play house; to the freedom of slaves of both sexes in going to dances given in Coquet’s house. (The Attorney General’s memorial was recorded at the foot of the act, and the Commissioners cited to appear in extraordinary session the next day to discuss the same.)
Theatre 4 III 130 2/7/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Attorney General presented a memorial calling attention to the public gambling place owned by Boniquet operated under the pretext of a license for a lottery to procure funds to cover the expense of the play house; to the freedom of slaves of both sexes in going to dances given in Coquet’s house. (The Attorney General’s memorial was recorded at the foot of the act, and the Commissioners cited to appear in extraordinary session the next day to discuss the same.)
Taxes 4 III 137 2/8/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this extraordinary session the Governor and President, in accord with the Commissioners, ordered Jose Antonio Boniquet and Bernardo Coquet to present themselves in these chambers in order to reprimand and admonish them. The Governor stated that Boniquet and Coquet are partners and had obtained a permit for a dancing hall - one for white and one for colored - from the late Governor Gayoso; also a permit in favor of Boniquet for the lottery. He mentions the restrictions imposed and the abuses which had crept in, but resolved not to prohibit the dancing hall nor the lottery so that the people could not say it was a pretext to obstruct the operation of the play house, as without this income the performances could not continue.
Theatre 4 III 137 2/8/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this extraordinary session the Governor and President, in accord with the Commissioners, ordered Jose Antonio Boniquet and Bernardo Coquet to present themselves in these chambers in order to reprimand and admonish them. The Governor stated that Boniquet and Coquet are partners and had obtained a permit for a dancing hall - one for white and one for colored - from the late Governor Gayoso; also a permit in favor of Boniquet for the lottery. He mentions the restrictions imposed and the abuses which had crept in, but resolved not to prohibit the dancing hall nor the lottery so that the people could not say it was a pretext to obstruct the operation of the play house, as without this income the performances could not continue.
Cabildo--The New Building 4 III 143 2/21/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Governor requested the Commissioners to act without further delay in making the appraisal of the building, as His Majesty had asked that a report be furnished him.
Markets 4 III 143 2/21/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time a petition from Don Bartholome Lafond is read in which he states that he has finished the Fish Market, asks that it be inspected, and if found correct in accordance with contract, that he be paid its value. On page 168, the last one-third payment of the contract is ordered paid to Lafond.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 4 III 144 2/21/1800 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Governor requests that the sidewalks around the Cabildo Building be constructed, and that the engineers be urged to give the proper information on grading to the residents so they may continue their construction. He also urged that the bridges be constructed with the proper gutters under them, at the same time the sidewalks are being built. (See “Streets and Sidewalks.”)
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 4 III 144 2/21/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Acting Governor states that he had, for the last year, been asking that the sidewalks around the Cabildo Building be constructed. He asks that the engineers give to all the residents the proper grading to be used by them, as the various residents will not continue their construction until the information is given them. He also recommends that the bridges be constructed with the proper gutters under the bridges at the same time the sidewalks are being built. (See also page 149.)
Taxes 4 III 142 2/21/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time an official letter from the Governor is read in which he states that he has approved the prohibition of the public dance hall for colored people; also states that as soon as Boniquet and Coquet were notified of the prohibition, they informed him of the privilege granted to them by the late Governor Gayoso, which permit was granted at the request of the shareholders of the playhouse “El Coliseo” in order to obtain revenue for the upkeep of same, etc.
Theatre 4 III 142 2/21/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time an official letter from the Governor is read in which he states that he has approved the prohibition of the public dance hall for colored people; also states that as soon as Boniquet and Coquet were notified of the prohibition, they informed him of the privilege granted to them by the late Governor Gayoso, which permit was granted at the request of the shareholders of the playhouse “El Coliseo” in order to obtain revenue for the upkeep of same, etc.
Sugar Cane 4 III 152 3/4/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this meeting a petition is presented by Don Claudio Francisco Girod, a merchant of this city, asking assistance from the Governor in getting three hundred mules for the cultivation of sugar cane into this Province from Mexico.
Cemeteries - Protestant 4 III 149 3/14/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - In recommendations made by the Attorney General concerning health laws, mention is made of a Protestant Cemetery, and the Commissioners resolve to provide a new cemetery "for people of a different religion than our own." (See "Health Rules, and Sanitation".)
Health Rules - Sanitation 4 III 149 3/14/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General presents a list of measures at this time designed to prevent a return of the deadly epidemic of last summer which included the following recommendations: -- Clean the streets, stables, yards, etc.; Grade and clean gutters to prevent stagnant water; Prohibit the dumping of garbage on the batture near the Garrison and the Royal Hospital; Provide cemeteries far from the city, particularly for those “not of our Faith, whose cemetery is too close in, unfenced and the graves shallow;” Establish a hospital down by the river to receive sick people before they reach the city; Inspect ships; disinfect merchandise, etc. -- The Commissioners approved a majority of the above measures (page 151) but agreed it would be impossible to establish the hospital down by the river at this time. They resolved that all ships arriving from foreign ports be held at Plaquemine and inspected by the doctor of that place, and the sick treated by the said doctor. No ship to come up the river without a certificate of inspection and approval of the Commander of the Quarantine Station. All ships to anchor in front of the residence of Don Luis Macarty for reinspection and permit to enter this port.
Lighting 4 III 160 3/21/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners, considering it necessary to provide arms to the Night Policemen, resolved that eight halberds with handles, be made - two for the Corporals and six for the Night Policemen.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 4 III 161 3/28/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners resolve that the bridges or covered gutters be constructed at once in accordance with resolutions of January 30th and February 15th, 1799, in which it was agreed that the Annual Commissioners construct two covered gutters at the extreme ends of this city, using the best and as a guide (see resolutions of February 15th.. Bartholome Lafond, being the contractor, suggested stone for brick in construction of the gutters, which was approved by Guillemard, Major of the Post, and by Finiel, Engineer.
Cemeteries - Protestant 4 III 163 4/4/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - In changing the boundaries of some land granted to Don Francisco Bermudez mention is made of a cemetery in which non-Catholics are buried. (This land granted to Francisco Bermudez was located at the edge of the city on the left of the Carondelet Canal. See "Land Grants.")
Building Rules 4 III 166 4/18/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General calls attention to the fact that the building rules are not being complied with. The Cabildo met in extraordinary session (page178) to consider measures for enforcing the rules. The Acting Governor calls attention to the hardships the poor would suffer by enforcement, page 184.
Rice 4 III 165 4/18/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General calls attention to shortage of rice due to the fact that a great many farmers are devoting themselves to the culture of sugar cane. The Commissioners agreed to ask the Intendant to stop the exportation of rice.
Sugar Cane 4 III 165 4/18/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General calls attention to the shortage of rice due to the fact that many farmers are devoting themselves to the culture of sugar cane.
City Limits 4 III 171 5/2/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners discussed the limits of this city, and asked the Attorney General to take the proper action in the matter in order that they may report to His Majesty.
Cabildo--The New Building 4 III 172 5/9/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this meeting Dona Luisa de La Ronde, testamentary executrix of her late husband, Don Andres Almonaster, presented a petition in which she states that he had constructed the Cabildo Building on the condition that he be paid on account, each year, from the City Treasury out of the surplus after the yearly expenses had been deducted. The Commissioners resolved that the City Treasury has no funds, due to increased expenses of repairing the jail, building the bridges, etc., and furthermore the Cabildo Building is being completed with city funds.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 4 III 174 5/16/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners resolve that payment of three hundred Pesos for the apprehension of runaway slaves entering into Natchez does not concern the Cabildo, and requested the Governor to take any measures he finds proper, so that the owners may not entirely lose their slaves.
Bonds, Surety 4 III 188 6/14/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The commissioners knowing that there is in the office of the Secretary of the Intendancy a Royal Order wherein His Majesty exempts the Governors from furnishing bond in accordance with law, as a part of their salaries is taken off to take care of such bond, ordered Don Pedro de la Roche to address an official letter to the Intendant requesting a copy of the said Royal Order.
Courts 4 III 193 7/11/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners, considering the great delay in forwarding civil and criminal cases to the Court of Appeals in Havana, resolve to petition the King to permit them to forward these cases to the Court of Santo Domingo at Puerto Principe in the Island of Cuba.
Garbage 4 III 193 7/11/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners considering that the resolution of March 28th, 1799, regarding the three wagons, had never been enforced, voted to add one more wagon to the one already in service. - (Contract was awarded to Don Lazaro Latille to begin work on August 1st - page 216.)
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 4 III 192 7/11/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the two Commissioners appointed to report on the construction of the two gutters in the corners crossed by St. Peter and Royal Streets, constructed by Don Juan Maria Godofre Dujarreau, submitted their report, and it was agreed to pay Dujarreau.
Bakeries 4 III 196 7/18/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time a petition is presented by Juan Bautista Caraby, powder manufacturer, asking to be exempt from the tax on flour for the upkeep of the lighting department, (see “Lighting”) as he uses flour of a very poor grade for the manufacture of powder.
Bonds, Surety 4 III 196 7/18/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Pedro de la Roche presents a copy of the Royal Order sent to him by the Intendant, which proved to be an order wherein His Majesty decreed that the former Governor Luis de Unzaga must leave one fifth of his salary to take care of the bond on his impeachment. As the said Royal Order did not refer to other Governors, the Commissioners resolved to ask the Acting Governor what should be done if there is no other Royal Order concerning bond.
Lighting 4 III 196 7/18/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time a petition is presented by Juan Bautista Caraby, powder manufacturer, asking to be exempt from the tax on flour for the upkeep of the lighting department, as he uses flour of a very poor grade for the manufacturer of powder.
Bakeries 4 III 199 8/1/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign De La Ronde - There being two grades of flour on the market now, the Commissioners resolved to set a price on bread in accordance with the grade of flour used.
Officials--Governors--Don Nicholas Maria Vidal 4 III 199 8/1/1800 At this meeting of the Cabildo a letter obtained from the Post Office, is opened and read. It is from Don Manuel de Salcedo who states that he has been entrusted by His Majesty with the Civil and Military government of these Provinces.
Bonds, Surety 4 III 201 8/8/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde: At this time Don Pedro de la Roche presents a copy of a Royal Order wherein His Majesty decrees that if the Governors do not furnish any bond, 3000 Pesos be deducted out of their salaries - one fifth each year.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 4 III 202 8/8/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Governor presents to the Cabildo copies of requests made to him, asking that the importation of brute Negroes be again permitted; as they are urgently needed for the cultivation of the land.
Sugar Cane 4 III 202 8/8/1800 Acting Governro: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - the Acting Governor enclosed to the Cabildo copies of requests from citizens residing up and down the coast requesting that the importation of brute Negroes be again permitted for cultivating the land. (See “Slaves and Savage Negroes.”)
Slaves and Savage Negroes 4 III 204 8/16/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners took up the matter presented by the Governor (above) and found that there existed no actual Royal Order prohibiting the importation of Negroes, but only a letter from the King acknowledging receipt of their petition which letter the Governor (Carondelet) had used to temporarily prohibit the importation. (This Edict issued by Carondelet is shown on page 205.) - The question was put to a vote, and each Commissioner made a long statement giving his views. In these statements (pages 205 to 216) the story of the uprising of the Negroes during the administration of Carondelet is further brought out.
Bakeries 4 III 216 8/22/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign De La Ronde - The Secretary notified the mentioned powder manufacturers, Caraby, Desaubry, Ricard and Cassanard, that they may individually report the number of barrels of flour they have used in order that they may be taxed the 4 reales per barrel for the upkeep of the lighting department.
Lighting 4 III 216 8/22/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Secretary notified the mentioned powder manufactures, Caraby, Desaubry, Ricard, and Cassanard, that they may individually report the number of barrels of flour they have used in order that they may be taxed the four reales per barrel for the upkeep of the lighting department.
Courts 4 III 221 8/29/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this meeting, Don Pedro de la Roche, referring to the above resolution, suggested that they petition His Majesty to permit all civil and criminal cases to be heard right here.
Officials--Commissioners--Don Juan Arnaul 4 III 223 8/29/1800 At this time Don Pedro de la Roche calls attention of the Cabildo to the vacancy existing in this office for past 11 years, due to a lawsuit between the Royal Treasury and the party succeeding the late Don Juan Arnoult. Later (Cabildo Book 4 - Volume IV, Page 217) De la Roche again calls attention to this vacancy.
Military 4 III 224 9/5/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners take up with the Governor the abuse committed by the men in the Army in evading the payment of debts due to military prerogatives and statutes which have been granted them. - (The Governor’s replay is on page 226.)
Courts 4 IV 1 9/19/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners petitioned the King to establish a court in this city.
Hospitals - Lepers' Hospital 4 IV 2 9/19/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Surgeon of the Charity Hospital, Don Luis Giovellina, calls attention to the deplorable condition of the lepers in the “San Lazaro” Hospital, without servants or even partitions to separate the sexes. This being a matter concerning the Government, it was referred to the Civil Governor.
Dance Halls 4 IV 6 10/3/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time Don Jayme Jorda, who was commissioned to construct the sidewalk in front of the house where the public dances are held, (this being city property), reported that he could find no lumber. The Commissioners agreed to construct the sidewalk with brick, same being cheaper and more durable than lumber.
Dance Halls 4 IV 6 10/3/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Don Jayme Jorda, who was commissioned to construct the sidewalk in front of the house where the public dances are held, (this being city property), reported that he could find no lumber. The Commissioners agreed to construct the sidewalk with brick, same being cheaper and more durable than lumber.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 4 IV 6 10/3/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners agreed to notify Don Bartolome Lafond of the construction of the two bridges or gutters on Royal Street, and ask him to clearly state if he can obligate himself to construct all others for thirteen Pesos each for labor - the Cabildo to furnish all material. (At the next meeting Lafond refused this and made another proposition - page 8).
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 6 10/3/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners resolve to build the sidewalk of the house where the public dances are held (this being a city property) with brick instead of lumber Brick being cheaper and more durable.
Military 4 IV 8 10/10/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Pedro de la Roche calls attention to the fact that in the session held on September 12th, it was decided to forward a petition to the King concerning privileges granted to men in Military Service.
Slaves and Savage Negroes 4 IV 13 10/24/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Copies of two long letters, one from the Military Governor and one from the Acting Civil Governor (pages 13 to 29) convey to the Commissioners how they feel about the Negro question in general. Both are favorable to the importation of Negroes for the benefit of agriculture.
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 4 IV 11 10/24/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Pedro de la Roche states that repairs to the bridges or gutters have been deferred because many methods for construction have been proposed. That notwithstanding it had been resolved to pay for repairs and construction from city funds, of which His Majesty has been informed, as no answer has been received from the King, he is of the opinion they would have to adhere to the rules established by O’Reilly in which the city funds cannot be used for this work. The Commissioners proceeded to cast their ballots and it was agreed to present the results with a copy of this act to the King and also to the Civil Governor. (At another meeting, page 69, the Governor ordered the repairs and construction for account of the City Treasury immediately.)
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 34 11/7/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Civil Governor addressed a letter to the Cabildo in which he enclosed a letter from the Bishop Luis de Penalver y Cardenas concerning the old cemetery. The Bishop states he had learned of the square of ground facing the Charity Hospital which had served as a cemetery up to 1788, and which possession had been accredited to the Church for more than 50 years. Many people informing him that the square was granted to the Church by France when the colony was under French rule. He asked that the Cabildo grant ownership of the square to the Church that he might sell it for the benefit of the Church. (Both letters are shown on pages 35 to 38).
Ecclesiastical 4 IV 35 11/7/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - A letter from Bishop Luis de Penalver y Cardenas to the Cabildo concerning the ownership of the old cemetery (See “Cemeteries”) states in part:….”this Parish Church of St. Luis which, at the request of His Majesty, was created a Cathedral by a Decree authorized by the Pope on April 23rd, 1793….”
Prisons 4 IV 33 11/7/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - A petition presented by Jose Duquet, Master Mason, states that in a public deed passed before Notary Public Pedro Pedesclaux in the presence of Don Jayme Jorda, he obligated himself to construct a brick well with a wooden pump, a brass pump box and a brick tank for the prisoners to bathe in, for which he requests payment. At the same time the Master Blacksmith, Juan Dumaine, requested payment for 1171 pounds of iron used in the Royal Jail.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 38 11/14/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners stated at this time that the evidence contained in the Bishop's letter was not sufficient to justify his claim to the 300 square feet facing the Charity Hospital, formerly used as a cemetery. They further stated that the cemetery had occupied four different locations; First, the dead were buried where the Cabildo Building is today; second, in the block formed by Bienville and Chartres Streets; third, in 1743, in the square facing the Charity Hospital (the square in question) where it remained until 1788. The Commissioners agreed that an answer be given to the Governor to this effect and ask him to suspend his consent already given for the disposal of this ground by the church.
Lighting 4 IV 44 12/12/1800 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the City Treasurer is instructed to pay various bills for supplies furnished the Lighting Department during the year.

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