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An Act to Establish an Academy in the Town of Wilmington.

1803 - Chapter XXXVII

The Laws of North Carolina of 1803 - Pages 32-33

Whereas the inhabitants of the town of Wilmington and its vicinity, havee made liberal subscriptions towards the establishment of an Academy in said town, and have appointed Trustees therof, Joshua Grainger Wright, Samuel Russel Jocelyn, Nathaniel Hill, James W. Walker and Benjamin Smith; and whereas the Subscribers to such establishment are desirous of receiving the sanction of the Legislature by an Act of incorporation,

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 Joshua Grainger Wright, Samuel Russel Jocelyn, Nathaniel Hill, James W. Walker and Benjamin Smith, be and are hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate, to be known and distinguished by the name of "The Trustees of the Wilmington Academy," and by that name aforesaid, to sue and implead, be sued and impleaded, answer and be answered, in all courts of record in this State, and before any jurisdiction having cognizance of matters and things not within the jurisdiction of of courts of records.

II. And be it further enacted, That the said Trustees and their successors shall be, and are hereby declared to be able and capable in law to take, demand, receive and possess, all monies, goods and chattels that shall be givn 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, possess, enjoy and retain, to them and their successors for ever, any lands, rents, tenements, hereditaments, of what kind, nature or quality soever, 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; and all purchases by them made of real and personal estate, in their name as Trustees aforesaid, and all contracts entered into by them as aforesaid, are hereby declared to be as good and valid, to all intents and purposes, as if they had been heretofore a body politic and corporate.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Trustees and their successors, shall have, and are hereby declared to have full power and authority to grant, bargain and sell, rent or hire out, any lands, goods or chattels, which they or their successors may hold and possess as the estate or property of said Academy; and they shall also have, and are hereby declared to have, full power and authority to make and ordain such rules, laws and regulations for their own government, and for the regulation and government of said Academy, as they or their successors, from time to tome may consider necessary and proper, and generally to do all such matters and things as are usually done by bodies politic and corporate.

IV. And be it further enacted, That in case of the death, resignation, refusal to act, or removal out of the district of Wilmington of any of the said Trustees, the remaining or surviving Trustees shall have power and authority to elect some other person or persons in the room of such as shall die, resign, refuse to act, or remove ouot of the district; and all vacancies which may from time to time happen, shall be filled up in like manner, and the person so elected shall have the same power and authority as the Trustees named in this Act.

V. And be it further enacted, That the said Trustees and their successors, or a majority of them, are hereby empowered to raise by way of lottery, to be drawn under their inspection, any sum or sums of money not exceeding three thousand dollars, which they may deem requisite for the benefit of said Academy.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
22nd day of December, Anno Domini, 1803
William White, Secretary

J. Riddick, S.S.
S. Cabarrus, S.H.C.



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