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An Act to Incorporate the Raleigh Female Benevolent Society.

1821 - Chapter CXXIX

The Laws of the State of North Carolina 1821 - Pages 75-76.

Whereas many ladies in the city of Raleigh have associated themselves together in a society, for the purpose of raising a fund to be applied to the relief of aged widows and other distressed females who may be considered fit objects of charity, to provide employment for such females as are able and willing to work, and who cannot meet with employers, to give articles of clothing to orphans and other destitute children, to promote the education of poor children, and cause them to be instructed in some of the most useful domestic employments, to promote order and industry amongst the poorer classes of society, and to discourage idleness and vice as far as practicable; and whereas it is important to the attainment of those laudable objects, that the society should be able to receive, hold and transfer, such property, monies and eftects as may be given them by charitable and benevolent persons for the promotion of the objects aforesaid, and that they should be able to purchase such implements of industry, and such other things as may be useful to the society.

Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly of the state of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That said society or association be, and they ate hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate, to be known and distinguished by the name of the "Directresses and Managers of the Raleigh Female Benevolent Society," and by that name shall have perpetual succession; ad the said Directresses and Managers, their successors, or a majority of them, by the name aforesaid, shall be capable in law to receive, hold and possess, any quantity of lands or tenements, goods, monies, or effects which may be given to the use of the society, and apply the same according to the will of the donor.

II. Be it further enacted, That the said "Directresses and Managers," or a majority of them, may sell and dispose of any lands or tenements, goods or effects, that may be given to the use of the society, when the will of the donor does not forbid it.

III. Be it further enacted, That the said Directresses and Managers, by the name aforesaid, to wit: by the name of the Directresses and Managers of the Raleigh Female Benevolent Society, shall be able and capable to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, in any court within this State, and shall have power to do all such things as are incident to and usually exercised by bodies politic, for the promotion of the objects contemplated, not incompatible with the constitution of this state.

IV. Be it further enacted, That the oflicers of the society shall consist of a first Directress, a second Directress, twenty Managers, a Treasurer and Secretary, who shall manage the business of the society, and shall be elected annually, by the members, by ballot; and that the election shall take place on the last Saturday in July in each and every year, unless otherwise ordered by the society, two thirds of its members at least being present at the time of such alteration.

V. Be it further enacted, That the officers elected at the last annual meeting of the society shall hold their respective appointments, until the next annual meeting, with all the powers and authority, given to such officers, as may be elected after the passage of this Act.

VI. Be it fuuher enacted, That the members of the society shall have power, from time to time, to establish such constitution and laws as shall be necessary for the government of the society, under such rules and regulations as they, or a majority of them, may think proper; and the said Directresses and Managers, or a majority of them, are hereby authorized and empowered to purchase for the use of the society such quantity of land as they may deem expedient, whenever their funds will justify, for building a school house thereon for the benefit of such poor children as they may deem fit objects to receive the aid of their institution.

Gabriel Holmes, Governor
James Mebane, Speaker of the House of Commons
Bartlett Yancey, Speaker of the Senate

A true copy - William Hill, Secretary

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