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An Act to Establish a Seminary of Learning in the Town of Wadesborough in Anson County.

1791 - Chapter XXXIII

The Laws of North Carolina of 1791 - Pages 19-20

Whereas, the establishing a seminary of learning in the town of Wadesborough in the said County, for the education of youth, will be attended with great productions to the state in general and the county of Anson in particiilar,

I. Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby entitled by the authority of the same, That the Honourable Samuel Spencer, Esq. John Auld, Holden Wade, James Pickett, Patrick Boggan, William Johnston, Burwell Lanier, James Marshall, William Pegues, Calvin Spencer, Morgan Brown, jun., and William Thomas, be and they are hereby constituted and appointed Trustees, with full power and authority to receive all donations, gifts or gratuities into their hands and possession, and money and other property which may be subscribed for the purpose of erecting and supporting the said seminary of learning in the county of Anson, by the name of Stokes, And the said Trustees and their successors shall able and capable in law, to ask for, demand, recover, receive and possess of the several subscribers, all sums by them respectively subscribed, and in case of refusal of any of them to pay the same, to sue for and recover by action of debt or otherwise, in the name of the Trustees, the sum which such person so refusing shall have subscribed, in any jurisdiction having cognizance thereof; and the monies when collected and received to be applied by the said Trustees, or a majority of them, towards defraying the expence of employing a Tutor or Tutors, and building a houfse for that purpose in said town, and to perform every act or thing which they, or a majority of them, shall think necessary and expedient for the advancement of said seminary and the promotion of learning therein.

II. And be it further enacted by the auttority aforefaid, That the Trustees herein before mentioned shall, previous to their entering on the execution of the trust reposed in them by this act, give bond to the court of the county, payable to the Chairman or his successor, in the sum of one thousand pounds specie each, with condition that they shall well and faithfully account for and apply all gifts, gratuities, donations, bequests and monies, which they may receive of and by virtue of this Act for the purposes aforesaid.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforefaid, That if any of the Trustees by this Act appointed, shall die, refuse to act, or remove that he or they cannot attend the duties of their appointment, a majority of the remaining Trustees may appoint another or others in his or their room and stead, who shall exercise the same powers as Trustees appointed by this Act, and when met together shall havee power and authority to appoint a Tutor or Tutors and a Treasurer; and also to make and ordain such rules and regulations, not repugnant to the laws of this state, for the well ordering of the students, their Moral virtues and academical exercises, as to them shall seem meet; and to give certificates to such students as shall leave the said seminary, certifying their literary merit. Provided, That they shall not confer any degree, such as Bachelor or Master of Arts, or Doctor in any faculty. In general they shall and may do all such things as are usually done by bodies corporate and politic, or such as may be necessary for the promotion of learning and virtue. And the said Trustees or a majority of them are hereby empowered, and shall have lawful authority to remove the Tutor or Tutors, Treasurer, or any of them, it they shall think it necessary, and on the death, resignation or refusal to act, of any of them, to appoint others in the stead of those displaced, dead or refusing to act.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Trustees by this Act appointed or a majority of them, and their successors, shall meet annually on the third Monday in January in each and every year, or at any other time they may think, 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 necessity may require.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Treafurer of said board of Trustees, shall enter into bond with sufficient security to the said Trustees, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the trust reposed in him by this Act; and that all monies and chattles that shall be in his hands, shall be immediately paid into the hands of the succeeding Trustees; and every Trustee shall receive all monies, donations, gifts, gratuities, bequests and chattles, that may belong or accrue to said seminary.

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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