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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Huts 3 II 87 12/11/1789 Governor Miro: Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time a petition is presented by the inhabitants of the city who are living in the small houses constructed at their own expense, with the consent of the Governor and Royal Father Vicar, on grounds belonging to the garden of the Capuchin Fathers. (They complain that they are being charged rent by the new Priest. See “Ecclesiastical.”)
Huts 3 III 144 6/27/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – At this time the Commissioners rejected a suggestion made by the Chief Constable (page 140) that six more cabarets be opened to provide additional licenses with which to pay the extra bailiffs necessary for the prosecution of crime. The Royal Ensign (Almonaster) was requested to find a means of supplying these additional salaries. The Royal Ensign makes report (page 146) that it would be most convenient to tax all the small houses lately built on the levee, as well as counters used by merchants to display their goods. The Commissioners agreed to levy a tax on each small house.
Huts 3 III 177 12/16/1794 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – The Attorney General, calling attention to a fire which occurred the day before in one of the huts built on a lot formerly occupied by the Capuchin Fathers, recommends that the Commissioners request the Governor to order the said huts destroyed. He informs them that the huts are poorly constructed with straw and other combustible material, and were first erected by special permit granted to several homeless people after the fire of March 21st, 1788. The Commissioners agreed that the huts be destroyed.
Huts 4 II 29 8/23/1797 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – Don Miguel Fortier calls the attention of the Cabildo to the fact that the resolution of December 16th, 1794, ordering the huts demolished, had not been complied with, and points out the proximity of these huts to his property and to that of the Governor’s House.
Huts 4 III 59 8/23/1799 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Commissioners, considering that the City Treasury is short on funds and heavily indebted, decided to petition His Majesty to grant them (among other things) the lands comprising the “edge of the river in all its frontage.” (See “Land Grants.”)
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.
Huts 4 IV 182 2/26/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Attorney General calls attention to the erection of a small wooden house close to the levee in front of the Plaza, and to the fact that the Cabildo has a claim pending since 1799 as to the ownership of this land, whether it belongs to the city or to the Royal Treasury which had been forwarded to the King for settlement. He recommends that the Cabildo send an official letter to the Governor requesting that he stop this construction, to which the Commissioners agreed. The Governor replied (page 184) that he had personally ordered Don Gilberto Guillemard to stop construction of the small house on the levee; the said Guillemard stated that he owned the lot through a grant made by Carondelet, and that he had always paid the two Pesos per month to the City Treasury, and he requested that the said house remain until the court decides whether houses constructed on the levee shall remain or not. The Commissioners replied that it had been ordered by edicts that all small houses on the levee should not be repaired except those assigned to the orphans. (See “Orphans.”) Therefore, he insisted that the Sergeant Major should demolish the house.
Huts 4 IV 196 3/26/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - An opinion by the attorney, Don Joseph Martinez de la Pedrera, states that the said hut must be demolished, and suggests that an official letter to this effect, with a copy of his opinion attached, be sent to the Governor. (The Governor replies to this letter, page 202, in which reply he accuses them of disrespect toward him and lack of authority in the matter; and stated that he is giving consideration to a letter from the Acting Intendant of the Royal Treasury, Don Juan Ventura Morales, to the effect that all action taken against the Sergeant Mayor (Guillemard) he suspended until they receive His Majesty’s decision. The Commissioners resolved to send the entire file to His Majesty for a decision.
Huts 4 IV 217 5/21/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time Don Pedro De La Roche calls attention to the above and other matters which are still pending before the Cabildo. (See “Land Grants.”)

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