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An Act for Incorporating the Beaufort Society and the Saint Helena Society

March 22, 1786

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 135-136

WHEREAS, sundry inhabitants of this State have formed themselves into a society, by the name of the Beaufort Society, for the express purpose of instituting and endowing a seminary of learning or free school in the town of Beaufort, to instruct and educate youth in the necessary and useful branches of knowledge, and have made application to the General Assembly of this State to be incorporated and vested with such powers and privileges as may most effectually advance the views of the said society. And whereas, sundry other inhabitants of this State have formed themselves into a certain other society, by the name of the Saint Helena Society, for the express purpose of instituting and endowing a seminary of learning or free school on the Island of St. Helena, to instruct and educate youth in the necessary and useful branches of knowledge, and have made application to the General Assembly of this State to be incorporated and invested with such powers and privileges as may most effectually advance the views of the said society.

I. Be it therefore enacted, by the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the present presidents, wardens and treasurers, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be, members of either of the said societies above mentioned, and the successors, officers and members of each of them, respectively, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, severally, one body corporate and politic, in deed and in name, by the name of "The Beaufort Society," and "The Saint Helena Society;" and by the same names, respectively, shall severally have perpetual succession of officers and members; and each of them shall also have a common seal, with power, severally, to change, alter, break and make new the same, as often as either of them shall judge expedient; and each of them shall, severally, be able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to them and their respective 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, and to sell, alien, exchange, demise, or lease the same, or any part thereof, as they shall think proper; and by the same names, severally, 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, severally, 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 corporations, respectively, and for the order, rule and good government and management of the said schools, 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 societies, severally and respectively.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the corporations hereby erected, severally to take, and to hold, to them and their several and respective successors, forever, any charitable donations or devises of lands and personal estate, and to appropriate the same to the endowing and supporting the said seminaries of learning, and to the maintenance and education of such poor, helpless and and indigent children as they shall judge proper objects of the charities hereby intended; and severally, 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 purposes aforesaid, or other officers of the said societies, and to appoint such salaries, perquisites and other rewards for their labor or services therein, as the said societies shall or may, severally and respectively, from time to time, approve of and think fit.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall or 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 Senate House, the twenty-second day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, and in the tenth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

JOHN LLOYD, President of the Senate.
JOHN FAUCHEREAUD GRIMKE, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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