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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Taverns 1
225 10/27/1775 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Commissioners agreed at this time to lease the taverns, Cabarets, boarding houses and food supply houses to Pedro Morris and Raymond Escote, provided they furnish bond in the amount of six thousand Pesos, and a list of the bartenders they will use to manage the cabarets. They were required to contribute 140 Pesos annually to the Charity Hospital.
Taverns 1
231 12/1/1775 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time Don Pedro Moris (Morris) presented a list of bartenders also bond in the amount of 6,600 Pesos. He asked to be allowed 25 bartenders in addition to the 13 named in the list, which was refused. It was agreed that 24 bartenders be allowed, including the 13 previously named.
Taverns 2
29 5/26/1780 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The City Treasurer makes known that the Militia of this city left in expedition for Baton Rouge; also that the taverns and lodging places which were in operation in this city no longer existed. He states that the taxes should amount to twelve hundred Pesos according to the new increase ordered by the Governor. The Commissioners ordered that the Militia pay what they owe the City Treasury for pool and bar room bills as soon as they return. (See “Military.”)
Taverns 2
39 10/27/1780 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The City Treasurer, Don Luis Boisdore, presents an official document stating the impossibility of making collection of city taxes owed by the cabaret owners, as they are soldiers of the Battalion stationed in the Plaza who sell and operate without license.
Taverns 2
52 3/30/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Attorney General recommends that the City Treasurer be ordered to present his accounts within three days, and that the license of the private taverns be renewed. (It is revealed later, page 58, that the City Treasurer was discharged because of shortage in his accounts du largely to his inability to collect the license on taverns. See “Military.”)
Taverns 2
50 9/24/1781 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – Don Luis Boisdore presents a statement of the funds in his possession during the last year. After examining this statement the Commissioners returned it to the City Treasurer in order that he may clear the difficulties found in the collection of fees from the Taverns, Cafes, Billiards and Boarding Houses; also the port duties on liquor brought to the city by the Captains and Pilot who refuse to pay, stating they are immune from duties – being chartered by the King. (See “Military.”)
Taverns 3 II 143 5/27/1791 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – A memorandum from the Attorney General calls attention to the injuries resulting from the cabarets located outside and around the city, where savage Negroes and others can buy liquors and ammunitions during the night.
Taverns 4 II 73 10/20/1797 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – At this time Commissioner Francisco de Riano stated that in this inspection of the cabarets of the city he found nine of them paying taxes to the Charity Hospital, which taxes are collected by Almonaster, patron of the Hospital.
Taverns 4 III 60 8/23/1799 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time the Commissioners, considering that the City Treasury is short of funds and heavily indebted, decided to ask His Majesty to grant to the City Treasury the proceeds of taxes on taverns, billiard halls, refreshment houses, lodging houses or inns which are now established and those to be established in the future.

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