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An Act to Incorporate the Camden Orphan Society and the Friendly Cambridge Society in Ninety-Six District

February 27, 1788

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 142-143

WHEREAS, several of the inhabitants of this State, have associated themselves together under the name and style of "The Camden Orpan Society," for the purpose of founding, endowing and supporting a public school in the town of Camden, for the education and instruction of youth, and for other beneficial purposes; and have made humble application to the Legislature 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 intentions of the said association.

I. Be it therefore enacted by the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting, in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the president, wardens and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter become members of that society, be, and they are hereby, incorporated under the name of the "Camden Orphan Society," and by that 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 any kind or nature soever, 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 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 said society.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the corporation hereby created, to take and hold, to them and their successors, forever, any charitable donations or devises of land and personal estates, 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, remove and supply, such officers, school-masters, teachers and servants, and other persons to be employed for the above purposes, or other affairs 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, a number of respectable citizens have formed themselves into a society in the district of Ninety-Six, by the name of "The Cambridge Friendly Society," the object of which, is to promote the prosperity of the College of Cambridge. Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the president and members, and their successors of the said society; be incorporated by the name of "The Friendly Cambridge Society;" and shall have and enjoy in perpetuity, the same benefits, rights, and authorities hereinbefore given and vested in the Camden Orphan Society, to all intents and purposes.

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 Senate House, the twenty-seventh day of February, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight and in the twelfth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

JOHN LLOYD, President of the Senate.
JOHN JULIUS PRINGLE, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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