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An Act to Incorporate the John's Island Society, of the Parish of St. John's, Colleton

December 20, 1800

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 211-212

WHEREAS, Joshua Ward, President, James Legare, Vice President, Joseph Rush and James Brown, Stewards, and other members of the John's Island Society, have petitioned the Legislature, setting forth, that the objects of the said society, which was formed for benevolent and charitable purposes, would be promoted by their incorporation.

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 become, members of the said John's Island Society, 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 John's Island Society."

II. And be it further 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 or 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 and personal, of every nature or kind soever; provided the amount thereof shall not exceed the sum of thirty thousand dollars; and that the funds of the said corporation shall be always and at all times exclusively applied by them to charitable and benevolent purposes, either in relation to the education, maintenance and support of youth, or to the support and maintenance of sick or distressed persons, such as the said corporation may at any time hereafter be inclined to relieve or befriend; and to let, lease, sell, alien, or otherwise dispose of their present or future acquisitions of real or personal property, in fee simple, or for any term of years, as they may think proper; and that it shall be lawful for the said corporation to take, accept and hold for ever, any charitable donations, gifts, devises and bequests of land or personal property, and to appropriate the same to the purposes of their said institution only; 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 in 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 and proper government of the said corporation may by them be thought necessary and 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 and 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 that the same may be given in evidence without special pleading.

In the Senate House, the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred, and in the twenty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

JOHN WARD, President of the Senate.
THEO. GAILLARD, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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