Ordinance by Guiton Monrepos to improve fire prevention, 2 December 1742.
and Monsieur Lieutenant general civil et criminel for the police, trade
and navigation, at the seat of the jurisdiction Royalle of montreal.
As requested by The King’s prosecutor, and as presented to us; in defiance
of The former regulations and ordinances of The police, The majority of owners
or Lessees of houses In this city, And suburb, have neglected to have Ladders,
both on the Roofs of their Houses, and at each Chimney; and have neglected
to store in Their attics battering Rams sufficient in Length to reach the
pinnacle of their Houses. In renewing the Said former ordinances And regulations,
we Enjoin all owners, or Lessees of the said houses to have, within fifteen
days following The
publication of the present, solid Ladders
in good condition
on The roofs of Their houses and at each of the chimneys
and to have within the same Delay In Their Attic two battering Rams Sufficient
in length to reach the pinnacle of Their houses, and this Under penalty of
the punishments set forth in the police regulations; And so that All may be
aware of it, the present ordinance will be read and published tomorrow, Monday
following The high mass at the parish church and then published and posted
in the regular and customary locations. Mandated &tc.
Done at montreal The 2 Xbre [December] 1742.
Source: Archives nationales du Québec, Centre de Montréal, Ordonnances, 1684-1760, TL4, S35, Guiton de Monrepos, Jacques-Joseph, Ordinance to improve fire prevention, December 2, 1742.
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