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An Act Concerning the Lunatic Asylum.

December 17, 1831

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VI, Page 437

I. Be it enacted, by the Senate and House of Representatives, That the commissioners of the poor, in each and every district, and all persons and bodies corporate having charge of pauper idiots, lunatics and epileptics, resident in the several districts and parishes, shall be, and they are hereby, required to send them to the Lunatic Asylum, and to support there such idiot, lunatic, or epileptic, at the expense of the city, town, parish or district chargeable with the support of such paupers; and for the support of each pauper lunatic, idiot, or epileptic now in the Asylum, or hereafter to be so sent, there shall be paid to the Regents of the Asylum the sum of one hundred dollars per annum, in lieu of the sum heretofore payable.

II. And he it further enacted, That transient pauper lunatics, idiots or epileptics, sent to the Asylum by virtue of the existing laws, shall be supported at the public expense; and the Regents are hereby authorized to draw from the treasury, for the support of every such transient pauper lunatic, idiot or epileptic, at the rate of one hundred dollars per annum, until the Regents shall have ascertained his or her former permanent domicile, when the district to which he or she may belong shall be charged with such support: Provided, nevertheless, that the commissioners of the poor of the district so adjudged by the Regents to be chargeable, be, and they are hereby, authorized to appeal from such decision to the next court of sessions to be held for the said district, by which court the liability of the district for the support of such pauper shall be tried; and the solicitor of the circuit is hereby required, upon such appeal, to defend the interests of the State; provided, that the treasury in no instance shall be liable to pay for the maintenance of paupers other than such as are citizens of the State.

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

H. DEAS, President of the Senate.
H. L. PINCKNEY, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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