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An Act for Establishing an Academy in the County of Onslow.

1791 - Chapter XXXIII

The Laws of North Carolina of 1791 - Pages 22-23

Whereas, the eslablishing public seminaries of learning for the proper education of youth, is esential to the happiness and prosperity of the community, and therefore worthy of legiflative attention; and the erecting an academy in Onflow County will be of particular advantage to the inhabitants of that county:

I. Be it therefore enacted by tbe General Assembly of the state of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That an academy for the education of youth be erected and established at or within twelve miles of the court-house in Onslow County, at the place the Trustees or a majority of them may fix on, they first obtaining a deed of conveyance in fee simple, either by purchase of or donation from the proprietor, for the use and purpose of the said academy, which shall be under the name, style and title of the Onslow Academy.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That John Starkey, Edward Starkey, Reuben Grant, Christopher Dudley, Thomas Johnson, Daniel Yeates, Robert W. Snead, John Spicer, William Gibbs, Edward Ward, Kilby Jones, Amos Love, James Foy, William Cray and George Hazard, Esquires, they, and their successors to be elected in manner herein after directed, shall forever be a body politic and corporate in deed and in name, by the style of the Trustees of Onflow Academy; and by the same name, they and their successors shall and may have perpetual succession, and be able and capable in law to receive, take and enjoy to them and their suecessors, lands, tenements, rents and hereditaments of any kind, nature, quality or value, in fee or in perpetuity, and also estates for lives and for years, and all forms of money, goods, chattels and things whatsoever, of any nature, quality or value, for building, erecting or supporting the said academy, payng salaties to the President, Professors and Tutors thereof. And by said name, they and their successors shall and may be able to implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, defend and be defended, in all courts and places, and before all Judges and Justices whatsoever, in all actions, pleas, plaints and demands; and to grant, bargain, sell or assign any lands, hereditaments, tenements, goods or chattels; and to act and do all things whatsoever for the use aforefaid, in as full and ample a manner and form, at any natural person or body politic or corporate can or may by law; That they shall and may have a common seal for the business of them and their successors, with liberty to change, break, alter or make new the same, from time to time, as they shall think proper.

III. And be it further enacted by authority aforesaid, That the said Trustees or a majority of them, shall have full power and authority to meet at all times when they shall think proper, at the court house aforefaid, to deliberate, resolve upon and carry into effect the laws and regulations to be by them made for the government of the said academy; and shall have full power to fill up any vacancies which may happen in the said incorporated body of Trustees, by the death, refusal to act, resignation or removal out of the state of any of its members; and the persons appointed to fill such vacancies, shall be and are hereby declared to have the same power and privileges as the Trustees named in and by this Act.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Trustees or a majority of them, be and they are hereby authorized and empowered to convene at tbe court-house aforesaid, on the second Tuesday in July next after the passing of this Act, and then and there elect and constitute by commission under their hands, or the hands of a majority of them, and sealed with the common seal of the corporation, a proper person to preside at the said academy, who shall be a Trustee during his continuance in office, and he veiled with the same powers, privileges and authorities as any Trustee named in and by this Act; and such President, and the Trustees or their successors, or a majority of them, at all other times thereafter, when met together at the place aforesaid, shall have full power and authority to elect and constitute one or more Professors or Tutors, a Secretary and Treasurer; and also to make and ordain such laws, rules and regulations (not repugnant to or incontinent with the constitution and laws of this state) for the well ordering and governing the students, 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 the progress they shall have made in useful knowledge: In general they shall and may do all such things as generally done by bodies corporate and politic, or such as may be necessary for the promotion of learning and virtue.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Trustees or a majority of them, are hereby authorized and declared to have power to remove or displace th Professors or Tutors, the Secretary and Treasurer, or any of them, if they shall find it necessary, and appoint others in their stead; and in cas of the death, resignation or refusal to act of the President or any of the Professors or Tutors, Secretary or Treasurer, others shall be elected by such Trustees, in the room and stead of those dead, resigning or refusing to Act.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That every Treasurer appointed by the Trustees aforesaid, previous to the entering on the execution of his office, shall enter into bond in the sum of one thousand pounds, payable to the Trustees aforesaid, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office and the trust reposed in him, and that all monies and chattels belonging to the said corporation which shall be in his hands at the expiration of his office, shall be immediately paid and delivered into the hands of his successors in office; and every Treasurer shall receive all monies, donations, gifts, bequests and charities whatsoever 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 on his neglect or refusal to pay and deliver to his successorts as aforesaid, the monies and chattels in his hands, the same mode of recovery shall and may be had against him, as is or may be had for the recovery of monies from Sheriffs and other persons chargeable with public monies.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
this 19th January, Anno Domini, 1792
J. Glasgow, Secretary

William Lenoir, S.S.
S. Cabarrus, S.H.C.

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