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An Act to Establish an Academy in the City of Raleigh.

1801 - Chapter XLIX

The Laws of North Carolina of 1801 - Page 27

Whereas the establishing public Seminaries of Learning for the purpose of educating Youth, is essential to the happiness and prosperity of the community, and therefore highly worthy of legislative attention:

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 John Craven, William White, Sherwood Haywood, Theophilus Hunter, John Ingles, Nathaniel Jones (White Plains), Matthew McCullers, William Hinton, Simon Turner, Samuel High, Joseph Gales, John Marshall, William Boylan, and Henry Seawell, Esquires, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate, to be known and distinguished by the name of "The Trustees of Raleigh Academy," and by that name shall have perpetual succession and a common seal; and that they the Trustees, and their successors, by the name aforesaid, or a majority of them, shall be able and capable in law, to take, demand, receive and possess, all monies, goods and chattels that shall be given for the use of the 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 for ever, any lands, rents, tenements and hereditaments, of what kind or nature so ever, in special trust and confidence that the same, or the profits thereof, be applied to and for the use and purposes of establishing and endowing the said Academy.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Trustees, and their successors, or a majority of them, by the name aforesaid, shall be able and capable in law, to bargain, sell, or in any manner dispose of and convey, and assure the purchasers of any such lands, rents, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever, when the condition of the grant to them, or the will of the donor does not forbid it. And further, they the said Trustees, or a majority, shall be able and capable, by the name aforesaid, to sue and plead, be sued and impleaded, in any court within this State. And they shall have power to open and receive subscriptions; and, in general, they shall and may do all such things as are incident and usually done by bodies politic, or such as may be necessary for the promotion of learning and virtue.

III. And be it further enacted, That the said Trustees, or a majority, shall have power to appoint such Professors and Tutors as to them shall appear necessary; and also a Treasurer and Secretary, upon such conditions, and with such restrictions, as they may deem proper. And the said Trustees, or a majority, shall have the power to make all such laws and regulations for the government of the said Academy and the preservation of order and good morals therein, as are usually made in such Seminaries, and as to them may appear necessary.

IV. And be it further enacted, That upon the death, resignation, inability, refusal to act, or removal out of the county of Wake, of any of the said Trustees, it may be lawful for the remaining Trustees, or a majority of them, to elect others in the room of such Trustee or Trustees, dead, resigned, refusing or unable to attend, or removed, and that the Trustee or Trustees so elected, shall have equal power, authority and capacity with the Trustees hereby appointed.

V. And be it further enacted, That the public square of land lying and situate in the city of Raleigh, and distinguished on the plan of said city by the name of "Burke Square," be, and the same is hereby granted to the Trustees of the said Academy, and their successors, for the express purpose of erecting their Academy and other buildings thereon, and shall have the absolute right and property therein, to all intents and purposes, as fully and ample as bodies politic and corporate can a may have. Provided nevertheless, that they shall have no power or authority to sell, or in any manner dispose of the said public square.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
the 19th day of December, A. D., 1801
William White, Secretary

Joseph Riddick, S.S.
Stephen Cabarrus, S.H.C.

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