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An Act for the Promotion of Learning in the County of Bladen, and for Other Purposes Therein Mentioned.

1797 - Chapter XXXVIII

The Laws of North Carolina of 1797 - Pages 14-15

Whereas, the establishing an academy in the said county for the education of youth, will be attended with many advantages; and the town of Elizabeth, in the county aforesaid, being an healthy situation, and privisions cheap, students may be well accommodated at a moderate expense:

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 Thomas Brown, Thomas Owen, James Bradley, James S. Purdie, Robert Scott, Joseph R. Gautier, James Moorhead, Daniel Shipman, Thomas Smith and William H. Beatty, 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 Bladen Academy, and 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 lands, goods and chattels that shall be given them for the use of 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 use 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 authorized 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 remove at pleasure; and they shall have authority to make bye-laws for the government and regulation of the said 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 said academy, certifying their literary merit and progress in 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 a bond and security to the Truestees, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the trust reposed in him by this Act; and that all goods and chattels that shall be in his hands at the expiration of his office, shall be immediately paid and delivered 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 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 should die, or otherwise refuse 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 May in each and every year, or at any other time they shall 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 meeting, and that the President and Treasurer shall be chosen on the said first Monday in May, unless in cases 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.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Trustees, herein mentioned, or a majority of them, shall have as full power and authority to regulate the town of Elizabeth, as the Commissioners heretofore appointed by law for that purpose had.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
the 23rd day of December, 1797
James Glasgow, Secretary

Benjamin Smith, S.S.
M. Matthews, S.H.C.



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