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An Act to Incorporate a Society of Persons by the Name of Centre Benevolent Society.

1789 - Chapter XXVII

The State Records of North Carolina - Volume XXV, Pages 29-30

Whereas, it has been represented and made appear to this General Assembly, that a number of persons in Rowan and Mecklenburg, and other counties, have voluntarily associated together under the name of Centre Benevolent Society, and come under a certain system of laws and regulations for the improvement of useful knowledge, for the encouragement of literature, to alleviate the distresses of the unfortunate, and to supply tho wants of the poor and indigent: And whereas, it hath been made appear that the aforesaid persons, members of the society aforesaid, are desirous that their society might be incorporated by the name of Centre Benevolent Society, in order that said society might more fully and completely come up to the objects of their institution: Therefore, ever willing to give all due encouragement to institutions which evidently point to the happiness of society and the general welfare of mankind,

I. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of North Carolina, and by the same authority it is hereby enacted, That there shall be and remain in the before mentioned society, sufficient power and authority to elect at their discretion such persons as they may deem worthy members of the said society, which persons so elected shall have and enjoy the privileges of the same; which society shall be called by the name of The Centre Benevolent Society, and shall have power to manage the property and inheritance of the same agreeable to their own judgment and pleasure; and shall moreover have perpetual succession in law, fact and name, as herein prescribed; and shall by the name of the incorporation have full power and lawful authority to sue and be sued, to implead and be impleaded, to answer and to be answered unto, in any court or courts of law and equity in this state, before any Judge or Judges, Justice or Justices, on all manner of suits and pleas whatever, and of what nature or kind soever such suits, pleas, or actions may be, in as full and effectual a manner as any person or persons, bodies politic or corporate, may or can do.

II. And be it enacted, That the said corporation so erected, and their successors in office, or the majority of them, by the aforesaid name of the corporation, be enabled to appoint the times and places of their meeting, the number necessary to constitute a quorum; and the said quorum, in the name of the said corporation, shall have full power and authority to frame such regulations for conducting their concerns and interests, as they may think necessary and convenient for accomplishing the end of their institution as the use in other corporations, provided the same be consistent with the constitution and laws of the land.



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