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An Act to Incorporate the Society for Promoting and Encouraging the Education of Children, and Assisting and Establishing Schools for that Purpose, in the Beaufort District

December 20, 1791

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 174-175

WHEREAS, John Smith, Sr., John McPherson, Cornelius Dupont, and others, have petitioned the Legislature to be made a body corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Society for promoting and encouraging the education of children, and assisting and establishing schools for that purpose, in Beaufort District." And whereas, incorporation will greatly forward and extend their scheme of liberality and benevolence.

I. Be it therefore enacted, by the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the said John Smith, John McPherson and Cornelius Dupont, and the several persons who have now signed the petitions, or shall hereafter be members of the said society, and their successors, members and officers thereof, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate, in deed and in name, by the name and style of "The Society for promoting and encouraging the education of children, and assisting and establishing schools for that purpose, in Beaufort District;" and by the said name, shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, and a common seal, with power to change, alter and make new the same, as often as the said corporation shall judge expedient.

II. Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall be capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, receive and enjoy, possess and retain to itself, in perpetuity, or for any term of years, any lands, tenements or hereditaments, or other property, of what kind or nature soever, not exceeding the annual income of five hundred pounds sterling; and to sell or alien the same, as the said corporation shall think fit; and by its said 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,) as for the order, rule, good government and management thereof, may be thought necessary and expedient.

III. And be it further enacted, That this Act shall be deemed a public Act, and notice thereof taken in all courts of justice in this State, and shall be given in evidence without special pleading.

In the Senate House, the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, and in the sixteenth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.
JACOB READ, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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