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An Act to Provide for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb Children of this State.

December 17, 1834

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VI, Pages 513-514

I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars be, and the same is hereby, annually appropriated to defray the expenses of educating so many deaf and dumb persons, between the ages of twelve and twenty-five years, born of free white parents, citizens of this State, as shall apply to receive the benefit of this provision, and as shall be judged by the commissioners hereafter appointed, not able to meet out of their own means all the expenses of their support and education.

II. That the Governor for the time being shall appoint two persons, one from the upper and the other from the lower division of this State, to remain in office until the expiration of his term of office, who, together with himself, shall constitute a board of commissioners, to be called the Cominissioners of the deaf and dumb, of which board he shall be president.

III. That the commissioners for the deaf and dumb shall have power to draw the annual appropriation before mentioned, as it may be needed for the purposes of their trust; and shall, under arrangements to be made with "the Directors of the American Asylum at Hartford, Connecticut, for the education and instruction of the deaf and dumb," send to the said asylum for education, so many of the persons before described as can be supported by the annual appropriation before mentioned, and as they shall deem proper objects of public bounty.

IV. That the sum which shall be allowed for the board, tuition and all incidental expenses of one deaf and dumb person, for one year, (except travelling expenses, clothing and medical attendance,) shall not exceed one hundred dollars; and as to the expenses excepted, the commissioners shall take care to place them upon the most economical scale.

V. That the whole, or part of the expenses of the several applicants, shall be paid according to the opinion which the commissioners may form, as to the pecuniary condition of the applicants; and that in case of more applications than would exhaust the annual appropriation, the commissioners shall make selection according to their opinion of the deserts of the various applicants.

VI. That the commissioners shall annually report to the Legislature an exact Statement of their various proceedings during the past year, shewing precisely how they disbursed the money expended, the names of the persons who have received the bounty, the ages and places of residence of such persons, and information as to their progress; which statement shall be accompanied by the vouchers of all sums expended.

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

H. DEAS, President of the Senate.
PATRICK NOBLE, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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