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An Act to Incorporate the Pendleton Circulating Library Society, the Sumterville Library Society, and Other Societies Therein Mentioned.

December 21, 1811

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume V, Page 648 - Points to:
The Statutes at Larg of South Carolina - Volume VIII - Pages 261-264

WHEREAS, Robert Anderson, James M'Elhenny, John Taylor, Andrew Pickens, Jun., Joseph Whitner, James C. Gritfin, Samuel Cherry, John Lee, and John F. Lewis, commissioners for establishing a circulating library, under an Act of the General Assembly of this State, passed on the seventeenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight, have petitioned the Legislature to be incorporated and erected into a body politic and corporate, under the name and style of "The Pendleton Circulating Library Society."

I. Be it therefore enacted, by the Honorable the Senate and the House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the commissioners above named, and their successors shall be, and are hereby declared to be, one corporate body, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Pendleton Circulating Library Society;" and by the said name shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, and a common seal, with a power to change, alter and make new the same, as often as the said corporation shall judge expedient. And the said corporation, and its successors, shall be able and capable in law, to hold and possess any real and personal estate, not exceeding the yearly value of two thousand dollars, and to sell, alien or lease the same, or any part thereof, as it shall think proper: and, by its said 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 such rules and by-laws, (not contrary or repugnant to the laws of the land,) for the benefit and advantage of the said corporation, and for the order and good government of the same, as shall, from time [to time,] be agreed upon by a majority of the commissioners, or of such number as the rules of the said society shall constitute a quorum.

II. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall be lawful for the said corporation hereby erected, to take and to hold, to itself and its successors forever, any charitable donations or devises of lands and personal estate, and to appropriate the same for the benefit of the said corporation, in such way as by their rules shall be agreed upon. Provided, the said donations and devises, together with their other funds, do not exceed the yearly value of one thousand dollars, aforesaid.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all such parts of the tract of land purchased and owned by the commissioners of Pendleton County out right, as commissioners, and which has not been sold or conveyed, or otherwise disposed of by the said commissioners of Pendleton County, shall be, and the same is hereby, vested in the aforesaid corporation, and their successors, forever.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Sumterville Library Society, and the persons who now are, or hereafter shall be, members thereof, and their successors, officers and members, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, one corporate body, in deed and in law, and shall have and possess all the powers, rights, privileges and immunities which are given and granted by the foregoing Act to the Pendleton Circulating Library, except so much thereof as vests in the said society the land purchased and owned by the commissioners of Pendleton County.

V. Whereas, Henry P. Wesener, president, Amos Pillsbury, vice president, William Crookshanks, treasurer, R. Reily, secretary, and William M'Kewn and Robert W. Will, stewards, of the Methodist Charitable Society, have petitioned the Legislature to be incorporated: and whereas, the officers and members of the Franklin Library Society of Fairfield District, and the officers and membersof the Union Library Society of Union District, have, in like manner, petitioned the Legislature to be incorporated: be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Methodist Charitable Society, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be, officers and members thereof, ind their successors, officers and members, be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Methodist Charitable Society;'' and that the said Franklin Library Society of Fairfield District, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be, officers and members thereof, and their successors, officers and members, shall be, and are hereby declared to be, a body corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Franklin Library Society of Fairfield District;" and, also, that the said Union Library Society of Union District, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be, officers and members thereof, and their successors, officers and members, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Union Library Society."

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporations, respectively, by their names aforesaid, shall have perpetual succession of officers and members; and that they, respectively, shall have a common seal, with power to change, alter and make the same, as they may deem necessary; and they shall also have full power and authority to have and make all such by-laws, rules and regulations, as they may deem necessary to the good order and government of their respective societies; provided, they be not contrary to the law of the land.

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporations shall be capable in law, to purchase, have and to hold, any estate, real or personal, in fee or for a term of years, to lease, alien or other, wise dispose of the same, in fee or for a term of years, in any way they may deem proper and expedient; and that it shall be lawful for the said corporations to receive and hold forever, or for a term of years, any donations of real or personal property, and to appropriate the same to the use of their respective corporations. Provided, such estates and donations, as aforesaid, shall not exceed the sum of one thousand dollars.

VIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporations, respectively, shall be capable in law, to have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, all such estates, real and personal, which they now possess, or are entitled to, or which have been already given, devised or bequeathed thereto.

IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporations, separately and respectively, by their names aforesaid, may sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer or be answered unto, in any court of law and equity in this State.

X. Whereas, Chesley Daniel, Thomas Godbolt, Jr., Richard Godfrey, Thomas Harlee, James Boyle, Gospero Sweete, Robert Hodges, William Davis, Sen., Alexander Gregg, Senior, James Crawford, Sen., Enos Tart,
Henry Berry, and Daniel Platt, have, by their petition, prayed to bo incorporated under the title of "Marion Academy Society." And whereas, from the nature and object of the institution, it is expedient to grant the prayer of the petition: Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the members of the said 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 Marion Academy Society."

XI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the members of the said corporation shall, by the name aforesaid, have perpetual succession of officers and members, to be elected in such manner and after such form as may be prescribed by the respective laws and regulations of the said corporation, now existing or hereafter to be made for the government of the same; and that they shall, respectively, have a common seal, wiih power to change and alter same, as often as they, respectively, may deem it expedient.

XlI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Corporation shall be able and capable in law, to purchase, hold, possess and enjoy ,either in perpetuity or for a term of years, any estate, real or personal; provided, the same do not exceed ten thousand dollars: and to sell, alien or otherwise dispose of the same, as they, from time to time, may deem expedient; and, by their name, respectively, to sue and be sued, plead or be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of this State.

XIII. And be it further enacted bv the authority aforesaid, That the said institutions hereby incorporated shall be, and the same are hereby, incorporated for the term of fourteen years, and until the next sitting of the Legislature thereafter.

XIV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall be deemed a public Act, and notice shall be taken thereof in all courts of justice and elsewhere in this State, and it shall be given in evidence, on the trial of any issue or cause, without specially pleading it.

In the Senate House, the twenty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven, and in the thirty-sixth year of the 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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