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An Act for the Promotion of Learning in Davidson County (TN).

1785 - Chapter XXIX

The State Records of North Carolina - Volume XXIV, Pages 751-752

Whereas the good education of youth has the most direct tendency to promote the virtue, increase the wealth and extend the fame of any people; and as it is the indispensible duty of every legislature, to consult the happiness of a rising generation and endeavour to fit them for an honorable discharge of the social duties of life. And whereas it is represented to this General Assembly, that the citizens of Davidson County are desirous of making an early and liberal provision for the instruction of youth, by laying the foundation of a public seminary in that county:

I. Be it Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby Enacted by the authority of the same, That the Reverend Thomas Craighead, Hugh Williamson, Daniel Smith, William Polk, Anthony Bledsoe, James Roberson, Lardner Clark, Ephraim M'Claine, and Robert Hays, Esquires, shall be and they are hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate, to be known and distinguished by the title of the trustees of Davidson Academy; and by the name of the trustees of Davidson Academy, shall have perpetual succession and a common seal; and that the said trustees and their successors by the name aforesaid, or a majority of them, shall be able and capable in law to take, demand, receive and possess all monies, goods and chattels that shall be given them for the use of the said academy; and the same apply according to the will of the donors, and by gift, purchase or devise, to take, have, receive, possess, enjoy and retain to them, and their successors forever, any lands, rents, tenements or hereditaments, of what kind, nature or quality soever the same may be, in special trust and confidence, that the same or the profits thereof shall be applied to and for the uses and purposes of establishing and endowing the said academy, in the county of Davidson, building or purchasing suitable and convenient houses, purchasing a library and philosophical apparatus, and supporting and paying the salaries of the provost and such number of professors and tutors as to them shall seem necessary.

II. And be it further Enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees and their successors, or a majority of them, by the name aforesaid, shall be able and capable in law, to bargain, sell, grant, demise, alien or dispose of, and convey any such lands, rents, tenements or hereditaments as aforesaid, when the will of the grantee doth not forbid the same; and further, that the said trustees and their successors forever, or a majority of them, shall be able and capable in law, by the name aforesaid, to sue and implead, be sued and impleaded, answer and be answered, in all courts of record whatsoever, by the stile of “The President and Trustees of the Academy of Davidson.”

III. And be it further Enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees or a majority of them, shall and they are hereby authorised to choose a president, treasurer and secretary out of their own body; they may also choose a rector, professors and tutors for the academy, and the same may remove at pleasure; and they shall have authority to make byelaws for the government and regulation of the academy, and the same to alter and amend. Provided nevertheless, That such laws shall not be repugnant to the laws of this State, their morals, studies, and academical exercises, as to them shall seem meet, and to give certificates to such students as shall leave the said academy, certifying their literary merit and progress of useful knowledge: and further, that on death, resignation, refusal to act, or misconduct of either professors or tutors, the secretary, treasurer or steward, others shall be elected in their room and stead, a majority of the trustees agreeing thereto.

IV. And be it further Enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the treasurer of the said board of trustees, shall enter into bond with sufficient security to the trustees aforesaid, in the sum of fifteen hundred pounds conditioned for the faithful discharge of the trust in him reposed; and that all monies and chattels belonging to the said corporation that shall be in his hands at the expiration of his office, shall then be immediately paid and delivered into the hands of the succeeding treasurer; and every treasurer shall receive all monies and donations of whatsoever kind, that may belong or accrue to the said academy during his office; and at the expiration thereof shall account with the trustees for the same; and the same pay and deliver over to the succeeding treasurer; and on his neglect or refusal to pay and deliver as aforesaid, the same method of recovering may be had against him as is or may be provided for the recovery of monies from sheriffs or other persons chargeable with public monies.

V. And be it further Enacted, That if any trustees shall neglect attending at the stated meetings of the board for the space of two years, or if any of them shall die or otherwise resign his office, the remaining trustees, or a majority of them, shall at their next meeting choose another trustee in the room of the person thus neglecting his duty, dying or resigning his office.

VI. And be it further Enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no lands, tenements or hereditaments, which may be vested in the trustees of the academy of Davidson for the sole use and behoof of the academy, shall be subject to any tax for the space of ninety-nine years.

VII. And be it further Enacted, That two hundred and forty acres of the land reserved for the use of the State, being that part of said land which is most remote from the salt springs near Nashville, shall be and is hereby vested in the trustees of Davidson academy for the use of that seminary.

Passed December 29, 1785.

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