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An Act to Establish an Academy at or Near the Dwelling of the Reverend William Peasley, in the County of Moore.

1799 - Chapter LXXVII

The Laws of North Carolina of 1799 - Pages 30-31

Whereas the promotion of learning tends to the happiness and safety of a republican government, and the knowledge and morals of the people depend much thereon;

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 Archibald McDugald, Thomas M. Reynolds, Duncan Buie, Archibald Reed, Daniel Buie, and Thomas Gilmore, be, and they are hereby constituted and and appointed Trustees to superintend the government of said seminary of learning, with full power and authority to receive all donations, legacies, or devises which may be made to them as Trustees aforesaid, for the purpose of erecting a building and supporting the said seminary hereby constituted by the name of the Moore County Academy; and the Trustees or their successors, or a majority of them, are hereby empowered to ask, demand, sue for, recover and receive from all persons, any sums of money or other property, real as well as personal, to which they may be entitled by donation or purchase, with full power to apply and use the same as to them shall seem best adapted for the advancement of said seminary.

II. And be it further enacted, That the said Trustees, or majority of them, who in all cases are constituted a quorum, shall make choice of some situation at or near the dwelling of said William Peasley, whereon to erect the buildings necessary for said seminary.

III. And be it further enacted, That when any of the said Trustees named in this Act shall die, remove or resign, a majority of those remaining shall have full power and authority to appoint others in the room of those so dead, resigned or removed.

IV. And be it further enacted, That the said Trustees and their successors in office, are hereby appointed a body politic and corporate, by the name of the Trustees of the Moore County Academy; and shall be able and capable in law to act and do all things whatsoever for the promotion of said seminary, in as full and ample a manner as any body politic or corporate can or may by law.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
the 23rd day of December, Anno Domini, 1799
William White, Secretary

Benjamin Smith, Speaker of the Senate
Mussendine Matthews, Speaker of the House of Commons



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