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An Act to Incorporate the Upper Long Cane Society, in Abbeville District

December 21, 1799

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 207-208

WHEREAS, William Lessly, President, John Miller, Vice President, Samuel Watt, Treasurer, James Wardlaw, Secretary, of the said Society, and others, inhabitants of Abbeville District, have petitioned the Legislature, setting forth, that the petitioners and others who have joined them, being deeply impressed with the difficulty of supporting permanently a regular Gospel Ministry, and the great want of schools for the education of orphans and the children of poor parents, have formed themselves into a society, and raised a considerable sum of money, which they have loaned out on interest, with the intention, as soon as the funds will admit, of building a church for divine worship, and from the produce of their funds, pay the salary or stipend of a regular Presbyterian Minister, and endow one or more schools, where orphans and the children of the poor may be taught gratis, and otherwise assisted, as the society may be able, and poor or decayed members relieved. And whereas, it is deemed proper and expedient to carry their laudable and pious purposes into effect.

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 all those persons who now are, or may hereafter be, members and officers of the Upper Long Cane Society, in Abbeville District, shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body politic and corporate, and shall be known, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Upper Long Cane Society of Abbeville District."

II. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation, by its name aforesaid, shall have a 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 society; and that they shall have a common seal, with power to change, alter and make new the said rules and regulations and common seal, in such manner and as often as they shall judge necessary and 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, use, take, receive, possess, retain, and enjoy, any estate, real or personal, of what kind or nature soever; provided, the amount thereof shall not exceed the sum of thirty thousand dollars; and to let, lease, sell, alien, or otherwise dispose of the same, in fee simple, or for any term of years, as they may think proper; and that it shall and may be lawful for the said corporation to take, accept and hold for ever, any charitable donations, gifts, devises and bequests of lands or personal property, and to appropriate the same to the purposes of their said institution only. And provided, that such charitable donations, gifts, devises, and bequests as aforesaid, shall not exceed the aforesaid sum of thirty thousand dollars.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall and may, by its name aforesaid, sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of law or equity of this State; and shall and may make such rules and by-laws, not repugnant or contrary to the laws of the land, as for the good order or proper government of the said corporation may by them be thought necessary or expedient; and in like manner may change, alter, amend or renew their present or any of their future rules, by-laws and regulations.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall and may have, hold, take, possess, retain and enjoy, all such estates, real or personal, money, goods, chattels and effects, as they now possess, or are in any wise entitled unto, subject to the limitation aforesaid, of the sum of thirty thousand dollars. And that this Act shall be deemed and held a public Act, and judicially taken notice of as such, and the same may be given in evidence without special pleading.

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

JOHN WARD, President of the Senate.
WM. JOHNSON, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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