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An Act to Incorporate the Beaufort Female Seminary.

December 16, 1852

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina, Volume XII, Pages 194-195.

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 Thomas Fuller, Lewis R. Sams, Jacob D. Guerard, Robert W. Barnwell, Stephen Elliott, Henry M. Stewart, Edmund Rhett, Henry M. Fuller and Benjamin J. Johnson, and their successors, be, and they are hereby, declared a body politic and corporate, under the name and style of Trustees of the Beaufort Female Seminary, and by the said name shall have perpetual succession of officers and members and a common seal, with power to change, alter and make new the same, as often as the said corporation shall judge expedient.

II. That the said corporation shall be capable in law to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain to itself, in perpetuity, or for any term of years, any lands, tenements or hereditaments or other property of what kind or nature soever, and to sell, alien or release the same as they shall think proper; and also, that it shall and may be lawful for the said corporation to take and hold forever any charitable donations, devises or bequests of land or personal property, and to appropriate the same to the purposes of the said corporation; 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: Provided, always. That all such purchases, donations, devises and bequests of land or personal property, shall be exclusively appropriated to the establishing and endowing of a female seminary in the town of Beaufort, and shall not in the whole exceed the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars.

III. That the said female seminary be under the management and control of the aforesaid Trustees or a quorum or Board thereof, to be chosen, appointed and perpetuated as follows: The said Trustees and their successors shall meet on the first Monday of March, in every year, at such place in the town of Beaufort as they may by notice designate, and the major part of those so met shall elect, by ballot, a President and such other officers as they shall think necessary for the year ensuing. On the death, resignation or removal from the State of any Trustee, the President, or, in his absence, the next presiding officer, shall, within three months thereafter, cause the other Trustees to be summoned to meet, and the Trustees who shall meet, or a majority of those so met, not less than a quorum being present, shall choose by ballot another Trustee in the place of the one so dying, resigning or removing, who shall be vested with all the powers and privileges of his predecessor.

IV. That the said Trustees, or a majority of them, shall have full power and authority, from time to time, to make, constitute and establish such and so many by-laws, rules and orders as to them shall seem necessary and convenient, which said by-laws, rules and orders so made, shall be binding upon all persons in anywise connected with the said seminary.

V. That this Act shall be deemed a Public Act, and shall be judicially taken notice or as such, without special pleading.

In the Senate House, the sixteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two, and in the seventy-seventh year of the sovereignty and independence of the United States of America.

ROBT. F. W. ALLSTON, President of the Senate.
JAMES SIMONS, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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