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An Act for Incorporating the Claremont Society at Statesburg, in St. Mark's Parish

March 7, 1789

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 154-155

WHEREAS, sundry inhabitants in Statesburg, on the High-Hills of Santee, in Saint Mark's Parish, did, by their petition to the General Assembly, now sitting, set forth that they had formed themselves into a society, by the name of the Claremont Society, for the purpose of instituting and endowing a seminary of learning in Statesburg, to instruct and educate youth in the necessary and useful branches of knowledge, and did thereby pray that a law might be passed to incorporate and invest them with such powers and privileges as might 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 a society shall be formed at Statesburg, on the High-Hills of Santee, in Saint Mark's Parish, for the purpose of instituting and endowing a seminary of learning to instruct and educate youth in the necessary and useful branches of learning, by the name of "The Claremont Society;" and that the president, vice-president, wardens, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be, members of the said society, and the successors, officers and members of the same, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, severally, one body corporate and politic, in deed and in name, by the said name of "The Claremont Society," and by that name shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, and shall also have a common seal, with power to change, alter, break and make new the same, as often as they shall judge expedient; and the said society shall be able and be 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 or personal, messuages, lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what nature or kind soever. Provided nevertheless, that the same shall not exceed the annual income of one thousand pounds; and to sell, alien, exchange, demise or lease the same, or any part thereof, as shall be thought proper or expedient; and by the 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, and to make such by laws and regulations, (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 school or schools, and for the masters, teachers, scholars and servants thereof, as shall be, from time to time, agreed to by a 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 society or corporation hereby erected, to take and to hold, to them and their successors, forever, any charitable donations or devises of lands and personal estate or estates, and to appropriate the same to the endowing and supporting of the said seminary of learning, and to the maintenance and education of such poor, helpless and indigent children, as shall be judged proper objects of the charities hereby intended; and to appoint and choose, and at pleasure to displace, remove and supply such officers, school-masters, teachers, servants and other persons to be employed for the purposes aforesaid, and to appoint such salaries, perquisites and other rewards for their labor or services therein, as a majority of the members of the said society or corporation shall or may, 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 seventh day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, and in the thirteenth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

D. DESAUSSURE, President of the Senate.
JACOB READ, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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