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An Act to Establish a Seminary of Learning in the Town of Lumberton, and Raft Swamp, in the County of Robeson.

1793 - Chapter XLIV

The Laws of North Carolina of 1793 - Page 22

Whereas the establishing a seminary of learning in the town of Lumberton, and at Raft Swamp, in the county of Robeson, may be attended with great advantage to the education of youth in said county:

I. 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, John Willis, John Brown, Robert Halls, Joshua Pharoah, John Noyes, John Storm, Josiah Barnes, John Benton, Neil Brown, Sampson Bridgins and John Deus, be and they are hereby appointed Trustees to the seminary at Lumberton, and Archibald McKay, Neil Murphey, Hector McNeil, Neil Brown, Archibald McMullen and John Gilchrist, Trustees to the seminary at Raft Swamp, with full power and authority to receive all donations, gratuities and gifts into their hands and possession, as well money as other property, that may be subscribed for the purpose of erecting and supporting the aforesaid seminaries of learning in the county of Robeson, and the said Trustees and their successors shall be able and capable in law to ask for, recover and receive from 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 or debt or otherwise, in the name of the Trustees, the sum which such person so refusing shall have subscribed, before any jurisdiction having cognizance thereof; and the monies when collected and received, to be applied by the Trustees or a majority of them towards employing a Tutor or Tutors, and building a house or houses for that purpose in said town and Raft Swamp; and to perform every act or thing which they or a majority of them shall think most advisable and necessary for the advancement and promotion of literature in each of the aforesaid seminaries.

II. And be it further enacted, 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 coutny, payable to the Chairman or his successors, in the form of one thousand pounds specie each, with condition that they shall truly 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, That if any of the Trustees by this Act appointed shall die, refuse to act or remove, so 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 place, who shall exercise the same powers as Trustees appointed by this Act, and when convened shall have power and authority to appoint a Tutor or Tutors and Treasurers, and also to make and ordain such rules and regulations (not repugnant to the laws of this state) for the well ordering the students, their morals, 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; and in general they may do and exercise all such things as are usually done by bodies politic and corporate, or such as may be necessary for the promotion of learning and virtue; and the said Trustees shall have power to remove the Tutor or Tutors, Treasurer or any of them belonging to their respective seminaries, when they shall think it necessary, or on their death, resignation or refusal to act, to appoint others in the place of those so dying or resigning.

IV. And be it further enacted, That the Trustees by this Act appointed, or a majority of them, shall meet annually, on the third Monday in January in each and every year, or at any other time they may think most 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, That the Treasurer of each Board of Trustees hereby appointed, 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 chattels that shall be in his hands shall be immediately paid into the hands of the succeeding Treasurer: and every Treasurer shall receive all monies, donations, gifts, gratuities, bequests and chattels that may belong or accrue to each of the said seminaries.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
the 11th day of January, Anno Domini, 1794
J. Glasgow, Secretary

William Lenoir, S.S.
J. Leigh, S.H.C.



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