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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Warehouse

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Warehouse 1
261 4/11/1777 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time the Commissioners agreed to grant and did grant to Don Guy Dufossat a lot in Conde Street bounded on one side by the Royal Warehouse and on the other side by a lot granted to Don Pedro Piernas. It was ordered to issue the corresponding title for his absolute possession.
Warehouse 1
311 3/12/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General, recognizing the scarcity of food due to the arrival of new families, recommends that great quantities of provisions be gathered into the city, paying the inhabitants a reasonable price for their crops to prevent their selling to foreigners. This was approved by the Commissioners who authorized voucher in the amount of five hundred Pesos for the first purchase of provisions to be stored in a warehouse for distribution in urgent necessity.
Warehouse 1
317 5/21/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - In view of the great abuses committed in the sale of provisions which are exposed to the elements (not being covered), it was determined to build a wooden warehouse sixty feet long by twenty-two feet wide in which to transact the sale of provisions. (See “Markets.”)
Warehouse 2
30 6/2/1780 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners proposed the appointment of a superintendent to inspect the buildings to be constructed by Captain Don Francisco Sismar de Bellislle for a warehouse in which provisions will be sold to the inhabitants of this city. The Royal Ensign (Reggio) was appointed Superintendent.
Warehouse 2
66 7/27/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Attorney General informs the Cabildo that the finances of the city are in bad condition and something must be done to reduce expenses. The Commissioners, considering that the building under construction to serve as a market and warehouse will require much money to complete, decide to abolish the salaries of the printer, Boudousquie, and the Appraiser and Inspector of Factories, Escol.
Warehouse 2
70 8/17/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - A memorandum is presented by Don Francisco Sismar de Belisle asking for payment of one thousand Pesos from the City Treasury on account of amount due him when the warehouse is completed and delivered.
Warehouse 2
88 11/9/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - In a letter to Galvez concerning the sortage of funds in the City Treasurer, the Commissioners mention in the dismissal of the printer and others in order to provide funds for the completion of the building “approved by Your Excellency…such as cementing the walls inside and out, the paving with brick along the length and width of the building….” The building referred to as “The market.”
Warehouse 2
139 9/13/1782 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners, having in mind that the public market was lacking in some essentials in order to fill the requirements intended from the beginning, decide that the Commissioners and Royal Ensign (Reggio) already in charge of the said building, should see that the necessary doors are placed. They mention that in the past it has been impossible to place the three different stalls for the “reason of not having found a place fit or proportioned…” (See “Markets.”)
Warehouse 2
189 7/11/1783 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - A petition was presented by Don Guydo Dufossat soliciting payment for a portion of land taken from him for the construction of a public warehouse. The Commissioners state that as he has not paid the taxes on the land as per agreement under which it was granted to him (See “Land Grants”), they could not consider any payment for same. In respect to the house which is on the land and belongs to His Majesty, they resolved to address a letter to the Governor asking his decision as to whether it should be sold or demolished in order that Dufossat might have the fee use of the ground which he solicits.
Warehouse 2
205 12/19/1783 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this time an answer to the communication addressed to the Governor as per agreement of July 11th (above) is read, in which it is stated that “… the two mentioned buildings… were cited in the general inventory, their cost charged, and satisfied by the Royal Treasury when His Majesty took possession of this Province; and for this reason it is believed that the lot belongs to the building and not the buildings to the lot.” The Commissioners observe that this is contrary to the law established by O’Reilly and decide to inform His Majesty that he may decide the matter
Warehouse 3 I 91 1/27/1786 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Commissioners at this time again take up the matter of the ownership of the land situated at the corner of Dumaine and Conde Streets. They recall that they had taken up the matter with the Governor requesting permission to either demolish or sell the buildings which belong to the King in order that the City Treasury might receive the taxes from the land which should be paid by Don Guido Dufossat. It was agreed to send a copy of the proceedings to the Governor.
Warehouse 3 II 5 1/18/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. - Among other matters presented to the Cabildo by the Governor, at this time, is a Royal Order in which His Majesty decides to keep for His Royal Treasury the lot of ground next to His Royal Warehouses.
Warehouse 3 II 196 3/2/1792 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time Filberto Forge (Farge) asked permission to erect a building to be used as a dance hall on the ground formerly occupied by the market (or warehouse). (See “Dance Halls.”) - (This is after the fire of 1788 which destroyed the market and a great many other buildings - See “Markets” also “Rice.”)
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.
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.
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.”)
Warehouse 4 II 2 7/14/1797 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - At this time the Governor presents a letter from His Majesty granting permission to build a warehouse for the storage of rice - alloting for this purpose 4.925 Pesos excess proceeds from the rental of seventeen small houses built by El Conde de Galvez. (See “Orphans.”)
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.

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