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An Act for Incorporating a Society Commonly Called the Catholic Society

March 5, 1778

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 115-116

WHEREAS, several of the inhabitants of this State have associated themselves, under the name of the Catholic Society, for the purpose of founding, endowing and supporting a public school in the district of Camden, eastward of the Wateree River, for the education and instruction of youth, and have made humble application to the General Assembly of this State, to be incorporated as a body politic, and to be invested with such powers and authorities as may be most conducive to answer and further the good intention of the said association.

I. Be it therefore enacted, by his Excellency, John Rutledge, Esq., President and Commander-in-Chief in and over the State of South Carolina, by the Honorable the Legislative Council and General Assembly of the said State, and by the authority of the same, That the Rev. Thomas Hill, present president of the said society, and Adam M'Donall and John James, Esq'rs., the present wardens, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be, members of that society in this State commonly called the Catholic Society, and their successors, officers and members of the same, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, one body corporate and politic, in deed and in name, by the name and style of "The Catholic Society," and by the same name shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, and a common seal, with power to change, alter, break and make new the same, as often as they shall judge expedient; and they, and their successors, shall be able and capable in law to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to them and their successors, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates, real and personal, messuages, lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what kind or nature soever, not exceeding three thousand dollars per annum, and to sell, alien, exchange, demise or lease the same, or any part thereof, as they shall think proper; and by the same name to sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of law or equity in this State; and to make such rules and by-laws, (not repugnant and contrary to the laws of the land,) for the benefit and advantage of the said corporation, and for the order, rules and good government and management of the said school, and for the masters, teachers and scholars thereof, as shall be, from time to time, agreed to by the majority of the members of the said society.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the corporation hereby erected, to take and hold, to them and their successors, forever, any charitable donations or devises of lands and personal estate, not exceeding, in the whole, the above mentioned sum of three thousand dollars per annum, and to appropriate the same to the endowing and supporting the said school, and to the maintenance and education of such poor and helpless orphans and indigent children as they shall judge proper objects of the charity hereby intended; and to appoint and choose, and at their pleasure to displace, and remove and supply such officers, school-masters, teachers and servants, and other persons to be employed for 'the above purposes, or other officers of the said society, and to appoint such salaries, perquisites or other rewards for their labor or service therein, as the said society shall, from time to time, approve of and think fit.

III. And whereas, there are five hundred acres of vacant pine barren land, adjoining lands given to the said society by Mr. James Bradley, and the said pine barren land would be very advantageous to the said society, for fire-wood and other purposes; Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all that tract of five hundred acres of land, situate, lying and being in Camden District, on the eastward of the Wateree River, butting and bounding to the west, on John Anderson's land; on the north-west, on land given by the said James Bradley to the said society, and to the north, east and south, on vacant land, and having such shape, form and marks as are delineated in the plat hereunto annexed, be given and granted to the said Catholic Society and their successors, forever.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall and may be given in evidence on the trial of any issue or cause in any court of law or equity, without special pleading.

In the Council Chamber, this fifth day of March, 1778.

HUGH RUTLEDGE, Speaker of the Legislative Council.
THO. BEE, Speaker of the General Assembly.
Assented to: J. RUTLEDGE.

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