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An Act to Incorporate the Several Societies, and for Other Purposes Therein Mentioned.

December 13, 1817

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VI, Page 69 - Points to:
The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 283-287

WHEREAS, the members of several religious and benevolent societies have, by their petition, prayed the Legislature 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 Mary A. W. M'Iver, Mary B. E. Haws, Elizabeth Wilds, Ann Hart, Catharine Evans, Hannah K. Wilson, Elizabeth S. M'Culloch, Mary R. B. Dossey, Jane Edwards, and those who now may|be members, or may hereafter be admitted members, of the Female Benevolent Society of Society Hill, according to the rules and constitution of the said society, shall be, and they are hereby declared, a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of "The Female Benevolent Society of Society Hill."

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That John L. North, James C. Griffin, Robert Anderson, and those who now are, or may hereafter be admitted, members of the Pendleton Farmers's Society, according to the rules and constitution of the said society, be, and they are hereby declared, a body corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Pendleton Farmers's Society."

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Donald Rowe, John M. Felder, George E. Sally, Sanders Glover, David Pemble, and such other persons as now are, or hereafter may become, members of the Orangeburg Academical Society, according to the laws and constitution thereof, be, and they are hereby declared, a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the style and name of "The Orangeburg Academical Society."

IV. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Samuel K. Hodges, William Capers, Eleazer Waterman, and those who now are, or hereafter may become, members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Georgetown, according to the rules, orders aud constitution of the said church, be, and they are hereby declared, a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Methodist Episcopal Church of Georgetown."

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That John Elliss, Alexander Fountain, and the other members of the Baptist church at Mechanicsville, and those who may hereafter become members of the said church, be, and they are hereby declared, a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the style and name of "The Baptist Church at Mechanicsville."

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Daniel Webb, Hugh Patterson, and those who have subscribed the petition, or may hereafter become members, of the Second Independent or Congregational Church in Charleston, be, and they are hereby declared and established, a body corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Second Independent or Congregational Church in Charleston."

VII. And be it further enacted bv the authority aforesaid, That Maria Eliza Herriot, Eliza Herriot, Margaret Ford, and those who have subscribed the petition, and tiiose who now are, or hereafter may become, members of the Georgetown Ladies Benevolent Society, be, and they are hereby declared, a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Georgetown Ladies Benevolent Society."

VIII. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That John Langton, John M'Grath, J. Weldon, John F. Walker, and those who have associated together by the name of the Saint Patrick Benevolent Society of Charleston, South Carolina, and those who may hereafter be admitted members of the said Society, according to the laws and constitution thereof, shall be, and they are hereby declared, a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Saint Patrick Benevolent Society of Charleston, South Carolina."

IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and immediately after the passage of this Act, the city council of Charleston shall be, and they are hereby, authorized to permit and license the managers of the Charleston Theatre, or any other person or persons, to exhibit theatrical entertainments within said city, and to impose and collect, for each and every such license, such sum as they may, from time to time, deem reasonable; provided, the same does not exceed five hundred dollars.

X. And he it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That James C. Postell, John J. Muldrow, and the other members who now are, or may hereafter become, members of the Mount Clio Academy, be, and they are hereby declared, a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Mount Clio Academy."

XI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Paul Fripp, John Jenkins, Benjamin Jenkins, Benjamin Chaplin, Sr., and the other members of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Island of Saint Helena, and those who may hereafter be admitted members of the said Protestant Episcopal Church, according to the laws and constitution of the said church, be, and they are hereby declared, in deed and in law, a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of "The Protestant Episcopal Church of the Island of Saint Helena."

XII. And be it further enacted hy the authority aforesaid, That James A. Harrington, William C. Vernon, Charles M. Dewitt, Christopher B. Pegues, James Gillispie, Jr., and those who now are, or hereafter may become, members of the Chatham Library Society, according to the laws and constitution of the said society, be, and they are hereby declared, a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Chatham Library Society."

XIII. And ne it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That John Springs, Jr., and the other members of the Indian Land Library Society, who have subscribed the petition of the said Library Society, or hereafter may be admitted members of the same, be, and they are hereby declared, a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Indian Land Library Society."

XIV. Whereas, Thomas Humphries and Gabriel Capers, have petitioned the Legislature, on behalf of themselves and others, members of the Lodabar Academy, praying to be incorporated. Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Thomas Humphries and Gabriel Capers, and those who now are, or hereafter may become, members of the Lodabar Academy, be, and they are hereby, incorporated, as a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Lodabar Academy."

XV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the several incorporated societies in this Act enumerated, shall, by their respective names, have a succession of otficers and members, to be appointed or elected in such manner and according to such form as may be prescribed by the rules now existing, or hereafter to be made, for the government of the said several societies; and that they may have a common seal; with power to change, alter and make new such rules and regulations and common seal, as often as the said societies shall find necessary and expedient.

XVI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the officers and members of Lodge No. 68 Ancient Masons, and their successors in office, be authorized to raise, by lottery or lotteries, the sum of ten thousand dollars, for the purpose of erecting a Masonic Hall in the town of Columbia; and John M. Creyon, William F. Bradbury, Needham Davis, Zachariah Phillips, Samuel Green, and Samuel Guerry, be appointed commissioners to superintend the drawing of the said lottery or lotteries; provided, the drawing of such lottery he completed within two years from the date of this Act.

XVII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That said corporations shall, severally, be able and capable in law, to have, hold, take, receive and retain, any estate, real or personal, of what kind or nature soever; provided, the value thereof does not exceed the sum of fifty thousand dollars; and to let, have, sell, alien, or otherwise dispose of the said real and personal estate, as they shall think proper; and that it shall be lawful for the said corporations, severally, to take, accept and hold forever, all such charitable donations, gifts, devises and bequests, of land or personal estate, whether the same shall have been devised, given or bequeathed before the passing of this Act, or shall hereafter be given, devised or bequeathed, and to appropriate the same to the purposes of said several societies; provided, the same shall not exceed the aforesaid sum of fifty thousand dollars.

XVIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said several societies, by their respective names, may sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of law and equity in this State; and shall and may make all such rules and by-laws, not repugnant to the laws of this State, as may by them be thought necessary and expedient for the proper government of the said societies, respectively; and, in like manner, to change, alter, amend and renew, their present or any of their future laws and regulations.

XIX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the President and members of the Mount Clio Academy, as a body corporate in law, be, and they are hereby, authorized and empowered to make and proceed to the drawing and conclusion of a lottery, for the purpose of aiding the said corporation in purchasing a library and philosophic apparatus for the benefit of the said corporation; provided, the sum raised by the said lottery shall not exceed five thousand dollars.

XX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall he deemed a public Act, and judicially taken notice of as such, and may be given in evidence without special pleading.

XXI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall remain and continue of force for the term of twenty-one years, and from thence until the expiration of the next session of the Legislature thereafter, and no longer.

XXII. Whereas, an Act entitled "An Act to incorporate certain mechanics, manufacturers and handicrafts of the city of Charleston, by the name of the "Charleston .Mechanic Society," will expire with the adjournment of the present session of the Legislature. And whereas, John H. Magarth, President, John Gardner, Vice President, John Sharp, Sr., Warden, and Abraham Jones, Jr., Warden, and others, the members of the said society, have petitioned the Legislature that the said Act may be rendered perpetual, and that the said society may be enabled to hold such funds as shall be probably adequate to the object of the said institution : 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 said Act, passed the twenty-first December, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, entitled "An Act to incorporate certain mechanics, manufacturers and handicrafts of the city of Charleston, by the name of the Charleston Mechanic Society," be, and the same is hereby declared to be, in full force and elfect, and so to remain in perpetuity.

XXIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporations shall be able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, use, take, receive, possess, retain and enjoy, to itself, in fee simple, or for any term of years, or otherwise, any estate, real or personal, of what kind or nature soever; provided, the annual interest or income thereof shall not exceed the sum of ten thousand dollars, over and above such suitable and convenient buildings, and the lands whereon the same shall or may be erected, as shall be necessary for the accommodation of the said society; and to let, lease, 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 lake, accept, and hold forever, any charitable donations, gifts, devises and bequests of lands or personal property, not exceeding the sum aforesaid, over and above such lands or buildings as aforesaid, and to appropriate the same to the purposes of the said corporation.

XXIV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That so much of the several Acts incorporating several mechanics, manufacturers, and handicrafts of the city of Charleston, by the name of "The Charleston Mechanic Society," as is repugnant to this Act, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.

XXV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the city council of Charleston shall be, and they are hereby, authorized to elect five port wardens, for the port and harbor of the city of Charleston; and, from time to time, fix and prescribe such compensation for their services as may be reasonable and proper.

XXVI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the city council of Charleston shall [be,] and they are hereby, empowered to vest in the said port wardens such power and authority as they may deem necessary for the purpose of carrying into effect the duties of their office, and to prohibit, under a certain penalty, all other persons from acting or officiating as port wardens, unless they have been so elected by the city council aforesaid, excepting persons who may be appointed to make surveys of vessels or goods under an order of court.

In the Senate House, the thirteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen, and in the forty-second year of the Independence of the United States of America.

JAMES R. PRINGLE, President of the Senate.
THOS. BENNETT, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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