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An Act to Incorporate the Trustees of the Springfield Academy, in the County of Halifax.

1810 - Chapter LXII

The Laws of North Carolina of 1810 - Page 31

Whereas, in Republican Governments, the education of youth is an object of the first importance, inasmuch as the preservation of their numerous institutions depends on the enlightened and virtuous attachment of the great body of the peoples and whereas such an object cannot be more effectually attained than by the establishment of Academies and other learned Societies:

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 Allen Eaton, Wood Jones Hamlin, Isaac Edwards, Sr., Jesse Nicholas Faulcon, Samuel Thorne, Gilliam Newsom, James Wright Alston, Richard Jones, Lewis Willis and William Edwards Webb, Esquires, be, and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, to be known and distinguished by the name of The Trustees of the Springfield Academy, in the county of Halifax, and by that name shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, and that they the said trustees, and their successors, or a majority of them, by the name aforesaid, shall be able and capable in law, to demand and receive all monies, goods and chattels, which shall be given them for the use of the said Academy, and shall apply the same according to the will of the donors; and by gift, purchase or devise, to receive, retain and enjoy, to them and their successors for ever, any lands, rents, tenements or hereditaments, of whatsoever kind, in special trust, that the same, or the profits thereof, shall be applied to, and for the use and benefit of the said Academy.

II. And be it further enacted, 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, alien and convey to the purchasers, any such lands, rents, tenements or hereditaments, as aforesaid, when the condition of the grant, or the will of the devisor does not forbid it: And further, that they the said trustees and their successors, or a majority of them, by the name aforesaid, shall be able and capable in law, to sue and be sued, answer and be answered, in all courts of record whatsoever; and they shall have power to open and receive subscriptions, and in general to do all such things as are usually done by bodies politic and corporate.

III. And be it further enacted, That the said trustees and their successors, or a majority of them, shall have full power and authority to appoint a President, Secretary and Treasurer of their Board, and a President or Principal of said Academy, and such Professors, Tutors and other officers, as to them shall appear necessary and proper: And they shall have the further power to make all such by-laws and regulations for the government of the said Academy, as are usually made in Seminaries of Learning, and as to them may appear necessary: Provided, the same be not inconsistent with the constitutional rights of the citizen.

IV. And be it further enacted, That on the death, refusal to act, resignation or removal out of the aforesaid county of Halifax, of any of the trustees for the time being, it shall be lawful for the remaining trustees, or a majority of them, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to elect and appoint one or more trustees in the place of such trustee or trustees dead, refusing to act, resigned or removed; and the said trustee or trustees so appointed, shall be vested with the same trust powers and authority as the original trustees are by virtue of this Act.

And whereas, from, a want of the necessary funds, the laudable intentions of the ssid trustees may be ultimately rendered of no effect:

V. Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees and their successors, or a majority of them, shall be, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to raise, by way of lottery, and by such scheme or schemes as they may think most advisable, a sum not exceeding two thousand dollars, under the special trust and confidence that the same shall be applied towards the establishment and benefit of the said Academy.

VI. And be it further enacted, That the said lottery or lotteries shall be publicly drawn in the town of Halifax, under the direction and superintendance of such persons, at such time or times, and under such rules, regulations and restrictions as the said trustees may deem most conducive to the interests of the said institution.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
of North Carolina, December 21st, 1810
William White, Secretary

Joseph Riddick, S.S.
William Hawkins, S.H.C.



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