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An Act for the Promotion of Learning in the County of Chatham.

1786 - Chapter LXVIII

The State Records of North Carolina - Volume XXIV, Pages 869-870

Whereas the establishing an academy in the said county for the education of youth will be attended with many advantages, and being an healthy situation and provisions cheap, students may be genteely accomodated at a moderate expence; and some provision being already made for such an institution:

I. Be it Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby Encated by the authority of the same, That Doctor James White, John Williams, attorney at law of Chatham, James Anderson, George Lucas, Matthew Jones, John Montgomery, John Taylor, Patrick St. Lawrence, Doctor James Servant Jones, and Ambrose Ramsey, 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 Pittsborough Academy, shall have perpetual succession and a common seal; and that the said trustees and their successors by the name aforesaid, and their successors 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 for ever, 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, building or purchasing a convenient house, purchasing a library and philosophical apparatus, and supporting and paying the salaries of 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 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 professors and tutors for the academy, and the same may remove at pleasure; and they shall have authority to make bye-laws 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.

III. And be it further Enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the treasurer of the said board of trustees shall enter into bond and security to the trustees, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the trust reposed in him by this Act; and that all monies and chattels that shall be in his hands at the expiration of his office, shall be immediately paid into the hands of the succeeding treasurer; and every treasurer shall receive all monies, donations, gifts and charities that may belong or accrue to said academy during his office, and at the expiration thereof shall account with the trustees or a majority of them for the same, and on refusal or neglect to pay and deliver as aforesaid, the same mode of recovery may be had against him as is or may be provided for the recovery of money from sheriffs or other public officers.

IV. And be it further Enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any trustee 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.

V. And be it further Enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the trustees by this Act appointed or a majority of them, shall meet annually on the first Monday in February in each and every year, or at any other time they may think more convenient, and elect a proper person out of their own body to preside for the term of one year, who may convene the trustees at any time he may find it necessary. Provided Always, That he shall give ten days previous notice of such meetings; and that the president and treasurer shall be chosen on the said first Monday in February unless in case of unavoidable accidents. Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed or understood so as to make the academy hereby established, one of those mentioned in the constitution of this State.

Passed Jan. 6, 1787.

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