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An Act to Incorporate the Williamsburgh Academy, and to Empower the Trustees of the Same to Establish a Lottery or Lotteries

December 19, 1795

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 188-189

WHEREAS, the Rev'd. James Malcomson, Theodore Gourdin, Robert Witherspoon, James Davis, John Nesmith, and John Frierson, have, by their petition, prayed to be incorporated as Trustees, for the establishment of an Academy, to be called "The Williamsburgh Academy;" and also, that they may be authorized to raise by lotteries a sum not exceeding five thousand dollars, to enable them to defray the expense of necessary buildings for the same.

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 petitioners and their successors, appointed or elected, or to be appointed or elected, according to the form and in the manner prescribed, by the rules and regulations of the said Academy, shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Williamsburgh Academy."

II. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation, by their name aforesaid, shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, to be appointed or elected in such manner and according to such form as may be prescribed by the rules and regulations now existing or hereafter to be made for the government of the said corporation; and that they may have a common seal, with power to change alter and make new the said rules and regulations, and common seal, as often as they shall judge expedient.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall be able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, take, receive, possess, retain and enjoy, to itself, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estates, real or personal, of what kind or nature soever; and to sell, alien and dispose of the same, as they may think proper; and by its name above mentioned, 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 or contrary to the laws of the land,) as for the good order and proper government of the said corporation, may by them be thought necessary or expedient; provided nevertheless, that the said real and personal estate shall not produce an income exceeding four thousand dollars per annum.

IV. And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees and their successors, shall have full power and authority, and they are fully authorized and empowered by virtue of this law, to erect and proceed to the drawing and finally to conclude one or more lotteries. Provided, they do not by the said lotteries raise a sum exceeding five thousand dollars.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall be deemed and taken to be a public Act, and all courts in this State shall take notice thereof as such, and the same may be given in evidence without special pleading.

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

DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.
ROBT. BARNWELL, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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