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An Act for Incorporating the St. David's Society

March 28, 1778

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 118-119

WHEREAS, sundry inhabitants of the Cheraw District, have formed themselves into a society by the name of the "Saint David's Society," for the express purpose of instituting and endowing a seminary of learning in the district of Cheraw, to instruct and educate youth in the necessary and useful branches of knowledge, and have made humble application to the General Assembly of this State to be incorporated and invested with such powers and privileges as may most effectually advance the views of the said society:

I. Be it therefore enacted, by his Excellency Rawlins Lowndes, Esquire, 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 Honorable Alexander Mcintosh, Esquire, present President of the said society, and George Hext and Abel Kolb, Esquires, the present wardens, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be members of the said society in this State called the "Saint David's 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 "Saint David's 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 succeesors, 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 ten 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 law of the land,) for the benefit and advantage of the said corporation, and for the order, rule 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 devisees of lands and personal estate, not exceeding in the whole the above mentioned sum of ten thousand dollars per annum, and to appropriate the same to the endowing and supporting the said seminary of learning, 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, 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 labour or service therein, as the said society shall from time to time approve of and think fit.

III. 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, the 28th day of March, 1778.

HUGH RUTLEDGE, Speaker of the Legislative Council.
THOMAS BEE, Speaker of the General Assembly.

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