WHEREAS, several persons, inhabitants of this State, have associated themselves together, and by voluntary contributions raised a considerable fund, which is now placed out at interest on bonds, and collected a number of musical instruments, books and other property, with the laudable intention of encouraging the liberal science of music, and are desirous of having the said society incorporated, thereby to put them upon a more solid and lasting foundation than they could be by their voluntary subscriptions only:
I. Be it, therefore enacted, by the honorable the Senate and
House of Representatives, and by the authority of the same, That
Isaac Motte, Esquire, President, the Reverend Robert Smith, Vice-President,
Mr. John Splatt Crips, Treasurer and Secretary, the present officers
and the rest of the present members of the said "St Cecilia
Society," having been duly elected, and being now members
of the said society, and all such other persons as shall be hereafter
duly admitted or become members of the said "St. Cecilia
Society," according to the rules, orders and constitutions
of the said society, shall forever hereafter be, and they are
hereby declared to be, one body corporate and politic, in deed
and in name, by the name of the "St. Cecilia Society,"
and by that name shall, from time to time, and at all times hereafter,
have perpetual succession, and shall forever hereafter by that
name, be a body able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold,
receive, take, retain, possess and enjoy to them and their successors
forever, lands, tenements, rents, franchises and hereditaments
in fee simple, or for any term of years, not exceeding in the
whole the clear yearly value of five hundred pounds sterling,
and also goods and chattels, real or personal effects and things
whatsoever, by donation, subscription or otherwise howsoever,
and also to give, grant, sell, alien, convey away, exchange,
demise or lease the same, or any part thereof, as they and their
successors shall think proper and convenient, and for the benefit
and advantage of the said society, and according to the rules,
laws and orders thereof; and by the same name shall be forever
hereafter a body able and capable to sue and be sued, plead and
be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, defend and be defended,
in all or any court or courts or other
II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the said "St. Cecilia Society," and their successors, from time to time, and at all times forever hereafter, to have one common seal for their use and benefit, with full power to change, alter, break and make new the same when and so often as they shall judge expedient.
III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said society or corporation, and their successors, shall have full power and authority, from time to time, to make, constitute and establish such and so many by-laws, rules and orders, as to a majority of them then present shall seem necessary and convenient, for the better regulation, government, well ordering and directing the said corporation or society, and the officers, servants and persons by them employed in or about the same, and for the better management, limiting and appointing of all and singular the trusts and authority in them and each of them reposed and to be reposed, and for the admission of new members into the said society, and for the doing, managing and transacting all things necessary for and concerning the government of the said society or corporation, and the same by-laws, rules, and orders to put in use and execution accordingly, and the same again at their will and pleasure to alter, change, revoke or annul, all which said by laws, rules and orders so to be made as aforesaid , shall be binding on every member of the said society or corporation, and be from time to time by them and each of them, punctually and inviolably observed, according to the tenor and effect thereof, under the several pains, penalties and disabilies therein expressed and declared; provided that the same shall be reasonable, and not contrary and repugnant to the laws of the State.
IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That every person that now is, or shall hereafter become a member of the said society or corporation, his and their executors and administrators shall, and they are hereby, obliged to pay into the hands of the treasurer of the said society or corporation for the time being, within six months after the same shall become due, all such sum and sums of money yearly, and at such days and times, as by the rules and by-laws, and constitutions of the said society or corporation hereby established, are or shall be appointed and directed; and for neglect or default in the payment thereof, or of any part of the same, shall be subject and liable to forfeit all right and title, benefit and interest in the said society.
In the Senate House, the tenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, and in the eighth year of the Independence of the United States of America.
JOHN LLOYD, President of the Senate.