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An Act for Establishing an Academy in the Neighbourhood of Hillsborough.

1779 - Chapter XXIX

The State Records of North Carolina - Volume XXIV, Pages 250-251

I. Whereas, the proper Education of Youth in this State is highly necessary and would answer the most valuable and beneficial purposes to this State, and the good people thereof; and, Whereas, the Neighbourhood of Hillsborough from the Healthiness of its Situation, and the great plenty of provisions with which it abounds, is a fit and proper place to erect a Seminary; And, whereas, a number of Gentlemen have, in order to promote and encourage such a valuable and beneficial establishment as the Erecting of a Seminary at the place aforesaid, subscribed very considerable Sums which, together with what Sums may be subscribed, will be sufficient to answer all the expense attending the same;

II. Be it therefore Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby Enacted by the Authority of the same, that William Hooper, Alexander Martin, John Kinchen, Thomas Burke, Thomas Hart, Nathaniel Rochester, James Hogg, William Johnston, Esquires, and the Reverend Mr. Frazier, be, and are hereby constituted and appointed Trustees, with full power and authority to receive into their Hands and possession all Monies which have already been subscribed, or which shall be hereafter subscribed, for the purpose of erecting a Seminary in the Neighborhood of Hillsborough, and to ask for and Demand of the several Subscribers all sums by them respectively subscribed; and in case of refusal by any of them to pay the same, to sue for and recover by Action of Debt, in the name of the said Trustees, the sum which the person so refusing shall have subscribed, in any Jurisdiction having Cognizance thereof; and the said Monies when by them collected and received, to be applied to the uses and purposes hereinafter mentioned, Viz., that the said Trustees, or a majority of them, shall immediately after ratification of this Act, meet in the Town of Hillsborough and make choice of some convenient and suitable place in the Neighbourhood of the said Town to erect the aforesaid Seminary, and to contract for and purchase the same, & after such purchase made, to employ persons to build suitable and convenient Houses, to contract with and Employ Tutors, and to perform every Act or Acts, Thing or Things, which they shall think necessary for the advancement and promotion of the said Seminary.

III. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, that the said Seminary shall be, and it is hereby directed to be, an Academy, by the name of Science Hall.

IV. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Trustees of the said Academy of Science Hall, shall be, and are hereby declared to be invested with the same Rights, Powers, Privileges and Immunities, to all intents & purposes whatsoever, as the Trustees of the Academy of Liberty Hall are invested with, by an Act of General Assembly of this State, passed in Newbern on the eighth day of April, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven, intitled “an Act for Incorporating the President and Trustees of Liberty Hall, in the County of Mecklenburg”; and the said Academy shall be, and is hereby declared to be under the same Rules, Regulations and Restrictions, as the said Academy of Liberty Hall is by the said Act.

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