North Carolina - Acts on Education Topics

An Act to Establish an Academy in Beaufort County, Adjoining Washington.

1808 - Chapter LXXV

The Laws of North Carolina of 1808 - Pages 29-30

Whereas establishing seminaries of learning for the purpose of educating youth is essential to the happiness and prosperity of the community, and therefore 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 William Kennedy, William Ross, John G. Blount, Walter Hanrahan, Frederick Grist and Slade Pearce 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 the Washington Academy, and by that name shall have perpetual succession; and they, or 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 said academy, and the same apply according to the will of the donor, and by gift, purchase or devise, to take, have, receive, possess, enjoy and retain to them and their successors, forever, any lands, rents or tenements of what kind or nature soever, in special trust or confidence that the same or the profits thereof be applied to and for the purpose of establishing and endowing said academy, and shall be capable of pleading or being impleaded for any money which may be subscribed for the promotion of this institution.

II. And be it further enacted, That the said trustees, or a majority of them, shall have power to appoint such professors and tutors as to them shall appear necesssry, 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 of them, shall have power to make all such laws and regulations for the government of the said academy, and for the preservation of order and good morals therein, as they may deem necesssry.

III. And be it further enacted, That upon the death, removal, inability, refusal to act or resignation of any ot the said trustees, it shall be lawful for the remaining trustees, or a majority of them, to elect other trustee or trustees in the room of such as die, remove, resign or refuse to act; and the trustee or trustees so elected shall have equal power, authority and capacity with the trustees hereby appointed.

IV. And be it further enacted, That the said board of trustees shall be, and are hereby declared to be vested with full powcer and authority to raise a sum not exceeding one thousand pounds by one or more lottery or lotteries, by such scheme or schemes as they shall think proper, to he applied towards defraying the expenses of building and completing said academy.

V. And be it further enacted, That the said trustees shall have, and they are hereby declared to have full power to appoint, from time to time, commmissoners to manage such lottery or lotteries as may be established, and to make such rules and regulations respecting the sale of tickets or the payment of prizes as they may deem necessary, any law, usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
the 23rd Day of December, 1808
William White, Secretary

Joseph Riddick, Speaker of the Senate
Will. Gaston, Speaker of the House of Commons

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