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An Act Incorporating a Society Commonly Called the Mount Sion Society

February 13, 1777

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 114-115

WHEREAS, several of the inhabitants of this State have associated themselves together, under the name of the Mount Sion Society, for the purpose of founding, endowing and supporting a public school in the district of Camden, for the education and instruction of youth; and have made humble application to the General Assembly of this State, 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:

I. Be it enacted, by his Excellency, John Rutledge, Esq., President and Commander-in-Chief in and over the State of South Carolina, by the Honorable the Legislative Council and General Assembly of the said State, and by the authority of the same, That John Winn, Esq., the present president of the said society, and Robert Ellison and William Strother, Esq'rs., the present wardens, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be, members of that society in this State commonly called the Mount Sion Society, and their successors, officers and 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 Mount Sion Society," and by the same name shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, and a common seal, with power to change, alter, 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 purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to them and their successors, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates, real and personal, messuages, lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what kind or nature soever, not exceeding, in the whole, three thousand dollars per annum, and to sell, alien, exchange, demise or lease the same, or any part thereof, as they shall think proper; and by the same 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; and to make such rules and by-laws, (not repugnant and contrary to the laws of the land,) for the benefit and advantage of the said corporation, and for the order, rule, good government and management of the said school, and for the masters, teachers and scholars thereof, 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 corporation hereby erected, to take and hold, to them and their successors, forever, any charitable donations or devises of lands and personal estate, not exceeding, in the whole, the above mentioned sum of three thousand dollars per annum, and to appropriate the same to the endowing and supporting the said school, and to the maintenance and educaton of such poor and helpless orphans and indigent children as they shall judge proper objects of the charity hereby intended; and to appoint and choose, and at their pleasure to displace, remove and supply, such officers, school-masters, teachers and servants, and other persons to be employed for the above purposes, or other affairs of the said society; and to appoint such salaries, perquisites or other rewards for their labor or service therein, as the said society shall, from time to time, approve of 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 trial of any issue or cause in any court of law or equity, without special pleading.

In the Council Chamber, the 13th day of February, 1777.

HUGH RUTLEDGE, Speaker of the Legislative Council.
JNO. MATHEWS, Speaker of the General Assembly.
Assented to: J. RUTLEDGE.



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