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An Act to Incorporate the Society Commonly Called and Known by the Name of John's Island Society

September 9, 1779

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Page 121

WHEREAS, several respectable inhabitants of the parish of Saint John's, Colleton County, and others in this State, have associated themselves together for certain benevolent and charitable purposes, and have subsisted for many years past, and been of considerable public utility, by instituting and endowing a seminary of learning, and by supporting poor persons, who, through unavoidable misfortunes, have fallen into indigence, and have made application to the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives to be incorporated, and vested with such powers and privileges as will roost effectually promote the good views and intentions of the members thereof:

I. Be it therefore enacted by the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the said State, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the Honorable William Gibbes, Esquire, now President of the said society, and George Abbott Hall, Esquire, Vice-President, the present Stewards and other officers, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be, members of the said society called the "John's Island Society," and their successors, officers and members of the same, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate and politic, in deed and in name, by the style and name of the "John's Island 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 renew the same, as often as may be necessary; 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 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 laws 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 society, as shall from time to time be agreed to by a majority of them.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the corporation hereby established, 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 ten thousand dollars per annum, and to appropriate the same to such charitable and benevolent purposes as the said society shall think proper, and to appoint officers for the service of the said society.

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

Ratified by the General Assembly, in the Senate House, the 9th day of September, 1779.

CHAS. PINCKNEY, President of the Senate.
THOS. FARR, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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