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An Act to Give the Commissioners of the Poor of Pendleton, Kershaw, Lancaster, and Georgetown Districts, the Power to Purchase Land and Build Poor Houses Thereon, for the Maintenance and Support of the Poor of the Said Districts; and for Other Purposes Therein Mentioned.

December 20, 1821

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VI, Pages 159-160

I. Be it 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 from and after the passing of this Act, the commissioners of the poor for Pendleton District shall be, and they are hereby, authorized and empowered, out of the monies collected for the poor tax of the said district, to purchase land, (provided the quantity do not exceed four hundred acres,) and to build thereon huts and houses, for the comfort and accommodation of the poor of the said district.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the commissioners of the poor of Pendleton District shall have power and authority to appoint an overseer of the said poor, who shall continue in office at the pleasure of the said commissioners, whose duty shall be prescribed to him, and whose salary shall be given him, by the said commissioners.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said commissioners of the poor be authorized and empowered, out of the monies arising from the poor tax of Pendleton District, to purchase provisions and clothing for the maintenance and comfort of the poor of the said district.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the aforesaid commissioners shall have power and authority to impose on such of the poor as are benefited and relieved by the poor tax of the said district, such reasonable labor as they may judge proper and necessary to be performed, towards their own support.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the commissioners aforesaid be required to make an annual return, on oath, to the comptroller-general, to be by him submitted to the Legislature, of the amount of monies received, and the amount and manner of its expenditure, together with the number and names of the persons relieved and supported.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the commissioners of the poor for the district of Pendleton aforesaid shall have power and authority, as heretofore, to make appropriations for the annual support of such of the poor of the said district as the said commissioners in their discretion may think proper to board out with their relations and friends.

VII. Be it enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, That each board of the commissioners of the poor in the districts of Kershaw, Lancaster and Georgetown, be authorized to build a poor house, or houses, for the poor of their several districts, and to support them therein; and to make such other and further provision for their comfortable and economical support and maintenance, as they, in their discretion, shall see fit.

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

BENJAMIN HUGER, President of the Senate.
PATRICK NOBLE, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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