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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1801

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 IV 130 1801 Dr. Joseph Fabre - Admitted to Practice Medicine and Surgery
Officials--Annual Elections 4 IV 54 1/1/1801 Don Nicholas Forstall, Senior Judge; Don Francisco Caisergues, Junior Judge; Don Pablo Lanusse, Attorney General; Don Francisco Duplessy (Duplessis), City Treasurer - July 19, 1802, Don Nicholas Forstall was arrested and suspended from his duties as Commissioner and Senior Judge, as a result of an investigation of the administration of Governor Miro. (See "Miro"). Don Pedro Denis de La Ronde was elected Senior Judge in his place. (See Cabildo Book 5, page 1).
Wards and Districts 4 IV 58 1/9/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Jose Pavia - First Ward; Don Gaspar Duboys - Second Ward; Don Francisco Bermudez - Third Ward; Don Thomas Durnford - Fourth Ward; Claudio Francisco Girod - Santa Maria Ward; Juan Bautista Castillon - San Carlos (St. Charles); Don Jose de Castanedo - Bayou St. John Ward.
Wards and Districts 4 IV 58 1/9/1801 Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Syndics: Joraqura, Beaulieux, Jr. - District: Tchoupitoulas District; Syndics:Sauve, Delery, Haran, Jr. (or Harang) - District: Other side of river - upper section; Syndics: Bernaudy, Jr., Poree, Bosiclair Delery - District: Other side of river - lower section; Syndic: Juan Bautista Victore Castillon - District: Outside the Gate of St. Charles; Syndic: Cavaliere Decluet - District: District of the Bayou; Syndic: Pablo Darcantel - District: Gentilly.
Cabildo--The New Building 4 IV 65 1/30/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Dona Luisa de La Ronde again calls attention to the contract with her late husband concerning payment of the cost of the building. (On page 66, after the election of a City Treasurer, it is found that they have a balance of 6,030 Pesos out of which it was decided to pay Dona Luisa de La Ronde five thousand Pesos, and obtain the proper receipt).
Bonds, Surety 4 IV 66 2/6/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Juan de Castanedo, being re-elected City Treasurer at this time, is required to furnish a new bond or ratify the old bond he had already given. He offered a house and lot on St. Louis Street, and a lot cornering Chartres and Bienville Streets, which were accepted as mortgage bond.
Drayage 4 IV 72 2/27/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Attorney General recommends the numbering of carts and wagons in the city and adjacent territory; the Secretary of the Cabildo to keep a record of the registrations, and the Ward Commissioners each to have a copy of same. Whenever a cart owner disposes of his cart he must report it to the Secretary of the Cabildo, etc. It was also recommended to see that they dump the required amount of sand in the streets each week.
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 72 2/27/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General recommends that the carts and wagons be numbered in order to determine, among other things, the quantity of sand filling they are required to dump in the street. (Since 1770 the cart drivers have been required to haul two cart loads of sand each week for the streets. See “Drayage.”)
Levees 4 IV 74 3/6/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Governor informs the Cabildo that the inhabitants are fearful of a break in the levee of this city across the Orange Grove, and if this should happen it would cause the total loss of this city. The Commissioners agreed to spare no expense in making the repairs. Don Juan Castanedo and Don Domingo Bouligny were elected to have inspection made by experts and have the work done without loss of time.
Hospitals - Lepers' Hospital 4 IV 78 3/20/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Elias Beauregard asks permission to retain the 890 Pesos owed to the Lepers’ Hospital by his deceased mother, Dona Magdalena Cartier, and to accept mortgage on a house and lot which he owns, thereby canceling the original mortgage. This the Commissioners refused. - (Later Don Jayme Jorda offered to assume the mortgage, page 83, which the Commissioners agreed to accept, page 87.
Officials--Governors--Don Manuel De Salcedo 4 IV 86 4/24/1801 At this time the Commissioners, who had agreed upon a reception to be tendered the new Governor, called upon the Marquis de Casa Calvo, Commander-General of the Royal Army, to extend to him an invitation. The Marquis informed them that he intended to give a reception to the new Governor himself, but if the Cabildo had decided to do so, he would place the Government House at their disposal. The Commissioners resolved to hold their own reception in the Cabildo on the day the governor is inducted into office. The Marquis insisted on giving his reception. The Commissioners agreed that if they were compelled to omit their reception, they would report the matter to His Majesty and send him a copy of this act.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 91 5/22/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Bishop requested certified copies of the first resolutions issued by O’Reilly pertaining to lands assigned to the city. He also asked for certificates showing expenses paid by the City Treasurer in filling and fencing the present cemetery.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 92 5/29/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General presented an opinion in which he opposed that certified copies of the acts of the early sessions of the Cabildo during the administration of O’Reilly, be given to the Bishop, as also the certificates showing expenses paid during 1788 and 1789 to fill and fence the lot which is actually being used as a cemetery now. He recommends that they immediately comply with the Royal Edict in leasing the lots of the old cemetery. (At the next meeting, page 97, the Cabildo approved these recommendations and ordered the lots appraised and leased as provided by law.)
Huts 4 IV 98 6/5/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners resolved to notify all owners of houses in the Ward of St. Louis to demolish the houses and fences erected on ground between the river and the levee.
Land Grants 4 IV 100 6/19/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners mention the fact that they are under the impression that the lots within the city belong to the city as well as the land on the outskirts of same, over which matter there are proceedings pending in the office of the Intendant. They cite instances wherein the King has permitted construction of a granary on a lot which became vacant after the last fire, between the Fort of St. Louis and the New Street. He also permitted the subdivision and rental of a portion of public lands to defray the expenses of the Lighting Department. (See “Lighting.”)
Rice 4 IV 100 6/19/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - A controversy was in progress at this time between the Cabaildo and Intendant’s Office concerning the rights of the city to certain portions of ground in the city; and a reference is made to the fact that the King had permitted the construction of a granary for the storage of rice on a lot which became vacant after the last fire, located between the Fort of St. Louis and the New Street. (See “Land Grants.”)
Warehouse 4 IV 100 6/19/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time mention is made of the fact that the King had permitted the construction of a granary for the storage of rice, on a lot which became vacant after the last fire, located between the Fort of St. Louis and the New Street.
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 101 6/26/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Cabildo received a letter from the Governor enclosing one from the Bishop, in which the Bishop complains that he has been refused the copies of the acts he requested. He states that these copies were to be used in making an appeal to His Majesty, but that he will make the appeal anyway without the documents. The Commissioners replied that the square had been ordered subdivided and leased for account of the City Treasury, as provided by law. (They resolved to carry out the leasing of the lots and report to His Majesty.) - On page 142 the Bishop informs the Cabildo that he has been made Archbishop of Guatemala, for which country he is departing, leaving in his place Don Tomas Harret (Hasset) in charge of the Diocese.)
Officials--Governors--Don Manuel De Salcedo 4 IV 109 7/15/1801 The Cabildo met in extraordinary session for the reception and induction into office of Don Manuel Juan de Salcedo. He entered with the Royal Dispatch which he presented to the Acting Governor, and took the oath of office before the Royal Ensign.
Orphans 4 IV 115 7/16/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - An official letter is presented to the Cabildo by Vidal in which he states that he had on the 18th of April, ordered the Administrator of the Orphans’ Asylum, Don Lopez Armesto, to place at the disposal of the Intendant, the sum of 6,749 Pesos received from the estate of Don Manuel Gayoso de Lemos. (See “Rice.”)
Rice 4 IV 115 7/16/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - An official letter is presented by the President of the Cabildo (Vidal) in which he states that the Intendant had informed him of the low state of funds in the Royal Treasury, and had requested the use of the surplus funds collected for charitable work for the support of the orphans. On the 18th of April, His Lordship (Vidal) had given orders to the Administrator of the Orphans’ Asylum, Don Lopez Armesto, to place at the disposal of the Intendant the sum of 6,749 Pesos and five Reales which he had received from the estate of the late Brigadier Don Manuel Gayoso de Lemos. Later the Intendant notified His Lordship that the said Administrator had only delivered one thousand Pesos to the Royal Treasury. The said amount (6,749 Pesos and five Reales) comprised the sum which His Majesty granted for the construction of a granary.
Wharf Landings 4 IV 118 7/24/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners discuss the bad condition of the levee from the house of the late Antonio Banabel up to the Gate of St. Louis, where there are not sufficient posts to which to tie the ships,. For want of a wharf by the river, the ships remain close to the levee where the filth is thrown. Don Juan Cantanedo and Don Domingo Bouligny were authorized to have two plans made, one for a wooden fence and one for a brick fence to be presented at the next meeting.
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 122 7/31/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensing: De La Ronde - A petition is addressed to the Cabildo signed by residents of the Second Ward complaining that the twine factory of Don Daniel Clark closes their way out to Royal Street. The Commissioners order Clark to open a way out.
Wharf Landings 4 IV 123 7/31/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Domingo Bouligny presents the plans (as above requested) to be used when repairing the levee and building the wharves. The Commissioners considered this method a costly one, and as the merchants would benefit by expenses saved in the loading and unloading of their merchandise, they agreed to address a letter to the Chamber of Commerce (attaching the plans) and request a meeting with the members of that body to ascertain the possibility of obtaining assistance in this improvement.
Fire 4 IV 124 8/7/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Santos Letaurneau (previously Espirito Liautau) presents a bill for 350 Pesos for the reconstruction of a large fire engine ordered by Don Francisco de La Barre who, with Don Gilberto Guillemard, had approved the work. Payment was authorized.
Wharf Landings 4 IV 125 8/7/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners report that they had sent the letter to the Chamber of Commerce, who acknowledged receipt and promised to call a meeting of their members.
Bayous 4 IV 127 8/14/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Two Commissioners were authorized at this time to sound out the residents to see who might contribute to the repairs of the draw bridge. (Later the Governor ordered the bridge repaired out of the city funds - Cabildo Book 5, page 73).
Health Rules - Medicine and Surgery 4 IV 127 8/14/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners discussed the necessity of excluding certain persons, who are not physicians, from the practice of medicine; among whom are Zerban, Flot, Fabre, Gorjon, Gravier, and the free Negro Derum. (See Page 132.)
Levees 4 IV 127 8/14/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Special Commissioners were appointed to place poles on the levee where the ships may be tied, carry out the filling of the levee, and cut a semi-circle in front of the property of Don Miguel Fortier. (See “Wharf Landings.”)
Streets - Bridges and Gutters 4 IV 127 8/14/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General recommends that the bridges be constructed as soon as possible, and the Commissioners agreed to appoint one foreman and a group of laborers to be under the supervision of two special Commissioners to rush the work.
Taxes 4 IV 128 8/14/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Attorney General calls attention to the public dances for colored people, given by Bernardo Coquet. He asked that they be prohibited. The Governor and President asked for copies of previous documents concerning this matter in order to study them and decide what is best.
Theatre 4 IV 128 8/14/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Attorney General calls attention to the public dances for colored people, given by Bernardo Coquet. He asked that they be prohibited. The Governor and President asked for copies of previous documents concerning this matter in order to study them and decide what is best.
Wharf Landings 4 IV 127 8/14/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Commissioners definitely agreed to the placing of the poles on the levee where the ships can be tied, and to the cutting of a semicircle in front of the property of Don Miguel Fortier. Two Commissioners were appointed to take charge of the work.
Taxes 4 IV 130 8/21/1801 Governor: Salcedo: Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The City Treasurer reported to the Cabildo that no rum is being imported into the city except a rum in bond, therefore no duties have been collected. The Commissioners resolved to forward an official letter to the Governor asking that he order duties paid on sugar cane rum imported in bond.
Wharf Landings 4 IV 129 8/21/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this meeting an official letter from the Chamber of Commerce was read. The Commissioners agreed, as the merchants did not see the usefulness of building the wharves, to suspend, for the present, all work connected with the project except the repairing of the levee and placing of the posts; as provided for at the previous session of this Cabildo.
Taxes 4 IV 137 9/18/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time an official letter from the Governor is read from which the Commissioners have noticed that His Lordship is determined that the dances for colored people at the house of Coquet shall continue.
Theatre 4 IV 137 9/18/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time an official letter from the Governor is read from which the Commissioners have noticed that His Lordship is determined that the dances for colored people at the house of Coquet shall continue.
Ecclesiastical 4 IV 148 11/6/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Bishop Penalver informs the Cabildo that he has been promoted to the rank of Archbishop of Guatemala, and that he is leaving his Vicar-General, Don Tomas Harret (Hasset) in charge of this Diocese.
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 4 IV 143 11/13/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the price of fire wood was discussed, and it was resolved to hold an extraordinary session to provide for this commodity at a fair price. (At the extraordinary session it was resolved to let a contract for the supply of wood at 3-1/2 Pesos per cord until the end of March - page 145.)
Cemeteries - Catholic 4 IV 147 12/4/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The time having expired prohibiting purchasers to build on the cemetery lots, the Commissioners agreed to send an official message to the Bishop so that he may set aside a day for the removal of the bodies buried in said block.

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