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An Act to Incorporate the Society Commonly Called and Known by the Name of the South Carolina Society.

May 17, 1751

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume III, Page 738 - Points to:
The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 106-107

WHEREAS, Robert Raper, John M'Call, and Benjamin Addison, in behalf of themselves and sundry otlier persons, inhabitants of this Province, who have associated themselves together for certain pious and charitable purposes, and have subsisted these thirteen years last past, under the name of "The South Carolina Society,"' have preferred a petition to the General Assembly, therein setting forth, that by small contributions from time to time, made and improved to the best advantage, the said society hath now collected a considerable sum of money, which they are desirous to apply in part towards those good and charitable uses which first called them together, and, in particular, towards erecting, endowing and supporting proper schools and alms-houses, for the maintenance and education of poor and helpless orphans; and therefore pray to be incorporated as a body politic, and to be invested with such powers and authorities as may be most conducive to answer and further the good intentions of the said association.
We therefore pray his most sacred majesty that it may be enacted:

I. And be it enacted, by his Excellency, James Glen, Esq., Governor-in-Chief and Captain-General in and over his Majesty's said Province of South Carolina, by and with the advice and consent of his Majesty's Honorable Council and the Assembly of the said Province, and by the authority of the same, That Robert Raper, the present steward, John M'Call and Benjamin Addison, the present wardens, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be, members of that society in this Province commonly called the South Carolina Society, and their successors, in the manner hereinafter directed, to he elected officers or members of the same, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, one body corporate and politic, in deed and in name, by the name and style of "The South Carolina Society," and by the same name shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, and a common seal, with power to change, alter and break, and make new the same, as often as they shall judge expedient. And they and their successors shall be able and capable in law to have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to them and their successors, all the monies or other personal estate, and all the securities for the same, which have arisen from the contributions aforesaid, and the interest or proceeds thereof, and which are now in the hands of or vested in any of the said officers or members, in trust for the said society; and also, at their discretion, to call in and re-place at interest the said monies, or any part thereof. And they and their successors, by the said corporate name of the South Carolina Society, shall be capable in law, out of the said monies and the produce thereof, to purchase, receive, have, hold, enjoy, possess and retain, to them and their successors, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates, real or personal, messuages, lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what kind or nature soever, not exceeding, in the whole, five hundred pounds sterling per annum, above reprises and to sell, alien, exchange, demise, or lease the .same, or any part thereof, as they shall think convenient; and by the same name to sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of record; and to make such rules and by-laws for the benefit and advantage of the said corporation, as shall be, from time to time, agreed to by the majority of the members of the said society.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the said corporation hereby erected, to take and hold, to them and their successors, forever, any charitable donations or devises of lands, not exceeding, in the whole, five hundred pounds sterling per annum; and also to take and hold moneys or chattels, real and personal; and therewith, and out of their common stock, to erect, endow and support proper schools; provided, that the masters of the said schools be members of the Church of England; and alms-houses for the relief of such indigent persons, and especially for the maintenance and education of such poor and helpless orphans or indigent children, and for binding them apprentices, as they shall judge proper objects of the charity hereby intended; and to appoint and choose, and at their pleasure displace, remove and supply, such officers, school-masters, servants, and other persons to be employed for the purposes herein mentioned or intended, or other affairs of the corporation, and to appoint such salaries, perquisites or other rewards, for their labor or service therein, as they shall, from time to time, approve and think fit.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall and may be given in evidence on the tryal of any issue or cause, in any court of law or equity, without special pleading.

IV. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act, nor any thing therein contained, shall not be of force until his Majesty's royal approbation thereof shall be obtained and signified to the Governor or Commander-in-Chief in this Province.

In the Council Chamber, the 17th day of May, 1751.

ANDREW RUTLEDGE, Speaker.
Assented to: JAMES GLEN.



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