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An Act to Incorporate the Several Societies Therein Mentioned.

December 17, 1808

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume V, Page 576 - Points to:
The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII - Pages 248-249

WHEREAS, the members of divers associations for useful and benevolent purposes, that is to say: the members of the Mount Bethel Academy, in Newberry District; the members of the Ancient Artillery Society of Charleston; the Carpenters's Society of the City of Charleston; and the members of other associations for religious purposes, to wit: the members of the Coosawhatchie Baptist Church; and the members of the Saltcatcher Independent Presbyterian Church—have petitioned the Legislature, praying to be incorporated:

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 members of the Mount Bethel Academy in Newberry District, shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body corporate and politic, and shall be known, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Mount Bethel Academy in Newberry District;" that the members of the Ancient Artillery Society of Charleston shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body corporate ami politic, and shall be known, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Charleston Ancient Artillery Society;" that the members of the Carpenters's Society of the City of Charleston, shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body corporate and politic, and shall be known, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Carpenters's Society of the City of Charleston;" that the members of the Coosawhatchie Baptist Church shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body corporate and politic, by the name of "The Coosawhatchie Baptist Church Society;" and that the members of the Saltcatcher Independent Presbyterian Church shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body corporate and politic, by the name of "The Saltcatcher Independent Presbyterian Church."

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the aforesaid several incorporated societies shall, each, respectively, have succession of officers and members; and a common seal, with power to change, alter and make new the same, as often as the said several corporations shall, respectively, judge expedient; and the said several corporations, and the members of each, and their successors, shall be able and capable in law, to have, hold, receive, possess and enjoy, all the lands, tenements, hereditaments and personal property, and the rents and incomes thereof, which now are vested in the said several corporations, respectively, and to sell, alien, exchange, or lease the same, or any part thereof; and to have, receive, possess and retain, all the monies and other personal estate, and all securities for the same, and the interest and proceeds thereof; and, at discretion, to call in and replace at interest the said monies, or any part thereof; and shall be, severally, able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to themselves and their successors, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates, lands, tenements and hereditaments, of what kind or nature soever, not exceeding the annual income of ten thousand dollars, and sell, alien and exchange, as the said several corporations shall, respectively , think proper; and may, by their said several corporate names, respectively, sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of law and equity in this State; and to make such rules and by-laws, (not repugnant to the laws of this State,) for the benefit of the respective corporations, as the said several corporations shall, respectively, agree upon and devise.

III. Whereas, Zachariah Cantey, John Adamson, John Kershaw, R. L. Champion, Josepii Mickle, Abram Blanding, John Chesnut, James J. Deas, William Blanding, Turner Starke, Robert Coleman, John Reed, Chapman Levy, W. Vaughn, William Vaughan, William Adamson, William Nixon, E. Cureton, Joseph Doby, Francis S. Lee, John Doby, William Ancrum, Thomas H. Lane, Robert Prestwood, Thomas Whitaker, James Chesnnt, and Reuben Arthur, have petitioned the Legislature to be incorporated by the name and style of "The Camden Protestant Episcopal Church;" Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid. That all those persons who now are, or hereafter may become, members of the said church, 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 Camden Protestant Episcopal
Church."

IV. 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 and according to such form as may be prescribed by the rules and regulations now existing or hereafter to be made for the regulation of the said church; and that they shall have a common seal, with power to alter the same, together with the said rules or regulations, in such manner and as often as they shall deem necessary.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall be capable in law, to purchase, have, hold and enjoy, any estate, real or personal, in perpetuity or for any term of years; provided, the annual rent or amount thereof shall not exceed the sum of one thousand dollars; and to sell, alien, or otherwise dispose of the same, in fee or for term of years, in any way it may deem proper; and that it shall be lawful for the said corporation to receive and hold forever, or for term of years, any donations of real or personal property, and to appropriate the same for the use of the corporation; provided, the rents or profits of the said donations shall not exceed the said annual sum of one thousand dollars.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation may sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, by their said name, in any court of law or equity in this State; and to make such by-laws, (not repugnant to the laws of this State, nor of the United States,) as the said corporation shall deem necessary.

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall continue and be of force for fourteen years, and from thence until the next meeting and sitting of the Legislature.

In the Senate House, the seventeenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight, and in the thirty-third year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.

SAMUEL WARREN, President of the Senate.
JOSEPH ALSTON, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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