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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Chronological--1803

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Officials--Annual Elections 5
34 1/1/1803 Don Pablo Lanusse, Senior Judge; Don Juan Francisco Merieult, Junior Judge; Don Salomon Prevost, Attorney General; Don Juan de Castanedo, City Treasurer
Wards and Districts 5
37 1/7/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don David Ugarte* - First Ward; Don Thomas Randall* - Second Ward; Don Pedro Caraby* - Third Ward; Don Carlos Chiapello - Fourth Ward; Don Claudio Francisco Girod - Santa Maria Ward; Mr. de la Bissotiere - San Carlos Ward; Don Jose Castanedo - Bayou St. John Ward.. (*When these officers were sworn into office (page 40) the names were spelled: Urquhart, Rondall, Carraby and La Chiapella.)
Wards and Districts 5
37 1/7/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Syndics: Don Pedro Lartegue, Don Pedro Foucher, Don Trudeau, Sr. - District: Coast of Tchoupitoulas; Syndics: Jaen Dugas Livaudais, Don Lacrois Dusseau - Distsrict: Other side of river - upper section; Syndics: Denis Bienvenu, Chauvin Delery - District: Other side of river - lower section; Syndics: Monsieur Guerin, Don Eduardo Forstall - District: Gate of San Carlos (St. Charles); Syndic: Don Luis Blanc (or Le Blanc) - District: Bridge of the Bayou; Syndic: Don Pablo Darcantel - District: Gentilly.
Coat of Arms 5
39 1/14/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the City Treasurer, Don Juan de Castanedo, mentions a writing set of silver (at present in use by the Cabildo) which he bought at public auction of the estate of Don Manuel Gayoso de Lemos; consisting of an inkstand in the shape of a mortar, a sand box in the shape of a barrel, a wafer seal in the shape of a drum, a small bell, and another box to hold the quills for the pens. All pieces engraved with the Coat of Arms of Gayoso. He asked that the Cabildo approve this purchase and authorize payment out of the city funds.
Hospitals - Lepers' Hospital 5
39 1/14/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Don Jayme Jorda presents a memorandum stating that he is ready to return the 890 Pesos loaned to him at a 5 percent interest, plus an additional 5 percent which he offers as alms to the “San Lazaro.” (The City Treasurer presents accounts, page 72, and Don Pedro Jaude offers sale of house to cancel loan of 1500 due hospital, page 77.)
Rice 5
42 1/21/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General calls attention to the shortage of rice due to clandestine exportation.
Commerce 5
47 2/1/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde -The Commissioners were called into extraordinary session to discuss the scarcity of flour. They asked the Governor to take such steps as will permit the Intendant to admit the flour and other necessary provisions from the territories of the United States of America.
Food, Fuel and General Supplies 5
47 2/1/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Commissioners were called into extraordinary session to discuss the scarcity of flour. They asked the Governor to take steps to permit the admission of flour and other necessary provisions from the territories of the United States of America.
Streets - Streets and Sidewalks 5
49 2/4/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The City Treasurer, Don Juan Castanedo, informs the Cabildo that the prisoners of the Royal Jail having completed the work on the levee, for which they were paid one reale or twelve cents, daily, are now at work on the streets. The Commissioners agreed they continue at the same rate of pay.
Pirates 5
54 3/4/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Governor and President informed the Cabildo that the Commandant of the “Nuevo Madrid” had sent ten criminals, among whom were the principal chiefs of a band of notorious pirates who intercepted the navigation of the river from Nogales to Ohio; that the majority of the outlaws were Americans, and the majority of their crimes were committed in American Territory; therefore he has determined to send the criminals to the Governor of Natchez for his instructions and sentence. He asked the Cabildo to advance from the City Treasury the sum of 1570 Pesos for the transportation of the criminals, to be guaranteed by 2000 Pesos in drafts on the Bank of the United States of America out of the 7000 Pesos in the possession of the outlaws, until the 1570 Pesos are reimbursed by whichever Government may have the right to claim the 7000 Pesos; the 7000 Pesos to be deposited in the Royal Treasury to be used for the transportation and satisfaction of the military men conducting them, etc. The Commissioners resolved that this being a matter of State, the expense should be borne by the Royal Treasury, and agreed that an advance from the City Treasury be made by draft drawn by the Royal Treasury for this purpose.
Pirates 5
57 3/7/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Cabildo is called into extraordinary session by the Governor and President at which time he states that in view of the opposition shown by the Commissioners in regard to the advance from the city funds of the 1,570 Pesos for the prompt disposal of the criminal Sam Masson and other pirates, he finds himself obliged to order this amount from the City Treasury, against their protests. He has, therefore, given the key in his possession (See “Safe of Three Keys”) to Lieutenant Colonel Don Gilberto Guillemard, Adjutant of this Plaza, and directs that the Royal Ensign, the City Treasurer and the Secretary of the Cabildo take their keys and place the two thousand Pesos in bank notes in the City Treasury, and take therefrom the 1,570 Pesos which he requested.
Markets 5
59 3/11/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Governor, expecting the momentary arrival of French Officials with 4500 troops to take possession of the Colony, asked the Commissioners to take steps to prevent the scarcity of food. One thousand head of cattle was ordered procured and held in reserve. (See “Transfer of Louisiana back to France” Part I of this Digest.)
Transfer of Louisiana Back to France 5
59 3/11/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Governor, expecting the momentary arrival of French officials with 4500 troops to take possession of this Colony which had been ceded to France by His Catholic Majesty, asked the Commissioners to take steps to provide for the sustenance of the Province and prevent the scarcity of food. The Commissioners agreed that the meat contractors must have one thousand head of cattle by the end of the month and maintain that number in reserve until the arrival of the troops. Others were commissioned to provide for the housing of the troops. 129 beds were ordered made and placed in the Charity Hospital for use of the troops (page 68). - On July 8th, 1803, page 85, Cabildo Book 5, the Attorney General calls attention to this order compelling the meat contractors to keep one thousand head of cattle in reserve, and states "now that the suspension of the said troops is commonly expressed, . . . It is unnecessary to keep this supply in reserve."
Transfer of Louisiana Back to France 5
64 3/28/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Governor assembled the Cabildo in extraordinary session to open an official document presented by the Colonial prefect of Louisiana who had just arrived from the Republic of France. This document was read by the Secretary and proved to be a proclamation expressing the cordial friendship of the Republic of France for the inhabitants of this city. The Commissioners accepted this demonstration of good will and extended to him the thanks of this Municipal Body.
Pirates 5
73 4/22/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The City Treasurer presents to the Cabildo at this time a document from the Governor authorizing him to sell at public auction, and without lose of time, the small vessel used by the Captain of Militia, Don Roberto Mc Cay, in conducting the prisoners to Natchez (who escaped after wounding Mc Cay) and to inform the Cabildo of the disposition of the vessel “taken by His Lordship to safeguard the city’s funds.” The Commissioners resolved that the transfer of these prisoners was made at the expense of the city against the protests of the Cabildo, and they would therefore do nothing regarding the sale of the said vessel.
Cabildo--The New Building 5
77 6/3/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Don Juan de Castanedo, City Treasurer, presented a receipt given to him by Dona Luisa de la Ronde for seven thousand Pesos, for account of the Capitol House. The Commissioners approved this payment.
Officials--Governors--Don Manuel De Salcedo 5
76 6/3/1803 Salcedo and the Marquis de Casa Calvo, Commander-General of the Royal Armies, are commissioned by the King to deliver this Province to the Republic of France.
Transfer of Louisiana Back to France 5
76 6/3/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time a letter is read addressed to the Cabildo by the Governor and Marquis Casa Calvo, who were commissioned by the King to deliver this province to France. The Commissioners agreed that all the members should be present for the reading of this letter and called an extraordinary session for the next day.
Officials--Secretary--Don Pedro Pedesclaux 5
81 6/4/1803 At this meeting the employees of the Spanish Government were given the privilege of continuing under the rule of Spain, or remaining in Louisiana under France. Don Pedro Pedesclaux chose to go with Spain.
Transfer of Louisiana Back to France 5
79 6/4/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The reading of the official letter (above) as well as the Royal Edict published in this city on May 18th stated: "All individuals who are employed in any capacity whatever, and wish to continue under the King's rule, will have to move to the City of Havana or to any other city of the possessions of His Majesty, unless they prefer to stay in the service of France, which they can freely do…" - All the Commissioners who were present at this meeting, (in person or by proxy), also the Secretary, expressed their desires to remain under Spanish rule with the exception of Don Francisco Pascalis de La Barre, who due to his advanced age, preferred to remain in Louisiana, and Don Salomon Prevost, who being a farmer, also wished to remain. (Don Joseph Ducros was not present and was not represented by proxy).
Cabildo--The New Building 5
93 8/19/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Dona Luisa de la Ronde solicits the final payment due her on the Capitol House. Don Juan de Castanedo informed the Commissioners that 27,500 Pesos had been paid this lady besides the five hundred Pesos paid to Dan Gilberto Guillemard for directing the work, making a total of 28,000 Pesos she has received, and leaving a balance due of 4,348 Pesos. The Commissioners agreed that this amount be paid to her under the same condition as the last payment.
Markets 5
101 9/17/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time the Governor calls attention to the danger threatening the levee over which the fish and meat market is established, and ordered that the outside walls of this building be immediately supported with props.
Transfer of Louisiana Back to France 5
103 9/30/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Governor and the Marquis de Casa Calvo address a letter to the Cabildo concerning the transfer. The Commissioners postpone discussion until the next meeting when a full membership will be present.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
105 10/7/1803 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time an official document in regard to the transfer was read, and the Secretary was ordered to make an inventory of Archives and a statement of the accounts of all the departments, to be given to the annual Commissioners and forwarded to the Commissioners in charge of the transfer. (See "Transfer of Louisiana back to France").
Inventory 5
105 10/7/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - It was agreed at this time that the Secretary make an Inventory of the Archives and a statement of the accounts of the various departments during the previous years, also of the taxes collectible, also a statement of the cash on hand. All to be approved by the annual Commissioners and forwarded to the Commissioners in charge of the transfer - Salcedo and Casa Calvo. (See “Transfer of Louisiana Back to France.”)
Transfer of Louisiana Back to France 5
105 10/7/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time it was agreed that the Secretary make an inventory of the Archives, and a statement of the accounts of the various departments during the previous years; also of the taxes collectible, and the City Treasurer to make a statement of the cash on hand. All to be given to the Cabildo and forwarded to the Commissioners in charge of the transfer. (Salcedo and Casa Calvo).
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
108 11/11/1803 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Josef Martinez de la Pedrera presents a memorandum dated September 19th, accompanied by an authentic certificate of the Royal Audience ordering that he be paid the fees owed to him out of the City Treasury. The Commissioners ordered payment.
Cabildo--Establishment and Administrative Functions 5
110 11/18/1803 Governor: Salcedo, Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - At this time Commissioners Don Francisco Riano and Don Jayme Jorda, approve the accounts presented by the City Treasurer, Juan de Castanedo. (This was the last session of the Cabildo).
Levees 5
109 11/18/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Governor presents a plan to the Cabildo for the immediate repair of the levee caused by the three overflows in front of the city. The Commissioners resolved to proceed with the repairs as expressed in a plan proposed by Don Gilberto Guillemard.
Transfer of Louisiana Back to France 5
110 11/18/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Two Commissioners, Don Francisco de Riano and Don Jayme Jorda, approve the account of the funds presented by the City Treasurer. (This was the last session of the Cabildo).

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