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An Act to Establish an Academy at Swansborough, in Onslow County, and for Other Purposes.

1810 - Chapter LXVII

The Laws of North Carolina of 1810 - Page 33

Whereas the diffusion of useful knowledge, by establishing Seminaries of Learning for the education of youth, is productive of general benefit, and essential to the permanence of a Republican Government:

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 Nathaniel Loomis, Lemuel Doty, William French, Christopher Dudley, William Ferrand, William Jones, George W. Nobles, of Onslow County; and John Roberts, John Hill, Zaccheus Green, Lebins Hunter and William Hill, Jr., of Carteret County, be, and they are hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate, to be known by the name of The Trustees of the Swansborough Academy, and by that name shall have perpetual succession; and they or their successors, or a majority of them, by the name aforesaid, shall be able and capable in law, to take, demand and receive, any property real or personal, and any money or things that shall be given for the use of the said Academy, and the same apply according to the will of the donor; and by gift, purchase or devise, to take, have, possess, receive, enjoy and retain, to them and their successors for ever, any lands, rents or tenements, of what kind or nature soever, in special confidence that the same, or the profits thereof, be applied to the use and benefit of said Academy. And the trustees aforesaid, or a majority of them, shall have power and authority to make such rules and by-laws as may appear to them necessary for the promotion of said Seminary: Provided, they are not repugnant to the constitution of this State, or of the United States.

II. And be it further enacted, That the trustees of the said Academy hereby established, or a majority of them, be, and they are hereby vested with full power and authority to raise, by way of lottery or lotteries, a sum of money not exceeding four thousand dollars, for the purpose of completing the necessary buildings, and for the general benefit and promotion of said Academy.

III. And be it further enacted, That the trustees aforesaid shall appoint three men of skill and probity, not belonging to their body, for the purpose of conducting such lottery or lotteries, agreeably to such scheme or schemes as the said trustees, or a majority of them may think proper to devise, who shall have full power and authority to adopt such rules and regulations as may appear to them necessary for conducting the same.

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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