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An Act to Authorize Certain Societies to Raise a Sum of Money by Lottery; and for Other Purposes Therein Mentioned.

December 20, 1810

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume V, Pages 621-622

WHEREAS, James Garvin the president, and Barnet H. Brown the secretary, of the Savannah River Literary Society, in behalf of the said society, have petitioned for leave to raise a sum of money by lottery for the benefit of the said society:

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 James Garvin president, and Barnet H. Brown secretary, and the members of the Savannah River Literary Society, and their successors, as a body corporate in law, under the name of the Savannah Literary Society, shall have full power and authority, and they are hereby fully authorized and empowered, to erect and proceed to the drawing and finally to conclude a lottery, for the use and benefit of the said society: Provided, they do not by the said lottery raise a sum exceeding two thousand dollars; and that Lewis S. Hay, Washington Bryan, Michael Brown, William Black, and James R. Vince be, and they are hereby appointed, commissioners to manage and conduct said lottery.

II. And whereas, John A. Cuthbert president, James Postell treasurer, and John Riley secretary, of the Beaufort District Society, in behalf of the said society, have petitioned the Legislature, praying to be permitted to raise a sum of money by lottery, for the purpose of building a school in the said district of Beaufort; 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 John A. Cuthbert the president, James Postell treasurer, and John Riley secretary, of the Beaufort District Society, and their successors, as a body corporate in law under the name of the Beaufort District Society, shall have full power and authority, and they are hereby fully authorized and empowered, to erect and proceed to the drawing, and finally to conclude one or more lotteries, for the purpose of building a school in Beaufort District: Provided, the sum to be raised by the said lottery or lotteries do not exceed five thousand dollars.

III. Whereas, William Burnsides, Zachariah Bailey, James Memehan, James Young and William Lowe, have by their petition set forth that Thomas Wadsworth, late of Charleston, deceased, did by his last will and testament order and direct that sundry tracts of land should be conveyed by his executors to certain trustees, who should further convey the said lands to any five persons who should be elected by the freemen residing in Laurens District, in the lower batallion of the 9th regiment, and second brigade of the upper division of said State, to be holden by such five persons and their successors in trust for the purpose of raising a fund for the annual support of a free school, to be situated within the bounds of said batallion; that the said lands have been conveyed according to the direction of the testator, and a school house erected; and that at an election held on the tenth day of March 1809, the said petitioners were returned duly elected as trustees for the said purposes; and praying that they may be incorporated for the purpose of carrying fully into effect the execution of the aforesaid trust; Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said petitioners, and their successors in office, appointed or elected, or to be appointed or elected, according to the form and manner to be prescribed by the said petitioners, shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name of the trustees of the Wadsworthville Poor School, for the purpose of carrying into effect the aforesaid trust; and shall have perpetual succession of officers and members; and that they may have a common seal, with power to change, alter and make new the same; and by its corporate 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 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 proper and necessary.

IV. And be it further enacted, That all lotteries which have been granted during the present session of the Legislature, or which may hereafter be granted, shall be, and are hereby declared to be, foifeited, unless the same shall have been drawn and completed within the term of five years from the date of the grant.

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

SAMUEL WARREN, President of the Senate.
JOHN GEDDES, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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