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An Act to Incorporate the St. Andrew's Society, of the City of Charleston, in the State of South Carolina

December 21, 1798

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 202-203

WHEREAS, Doctor Alexander Baron, president of the said society, for himself and the other officers and members of the same, hath petitioned the Legislature to incorporate the said society, for the purpose of purchasing lands in the city of Charleston, and erecting a school-house thereon, and for the education, clothing and maintenance of poor and orphan children, and for the more completely carrying into effect the matters and things set forth in their said petition:

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 said Alexander Baron, and all those persons who now are, or hereafter shall be, members and officers of the association in Charleston, commonly called "The Saint Andrew Society of the City of Charleston," shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body politic and corporate, and shall be known, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Saint Andrew Society of the City of Charleston."

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation, by its name aforesaid, shall have a succession of officers and members, to be appointed or elected in such manner and according to such form, as may be prescribed by the rules and regulations now existing or hereafter to be made for the government of the said society; and that they shall have a common seal, with power to change, alter and make new the said rules and regulations and common seal, in such manner and as often as they shall judge necessary and expedient.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall be able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, use, take, receive, possess, retain and enjoy, any estate, real and personal, of what kind or nature soever, (provided, the amount thereof shall not exceed the amount of thirty thousand dollars,) and to let, lease, sell, alien or otherwise dispose of the same, in fee simple or for any term of years, as they may think proper; and that it shall and may be lawful for the said corporation to take, accept and hold forever, any charitable donations, gifts, devises and bequests of lands or personal property, and to appropriate the same to the purposes of the said school only; and provided that such charitable donations, gifts, devises and bequests, as aforesaid, shall not exceed the sum of thirty thousand dollars.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall and may, by its name aforesaid, sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of law or equity of this State; and shall and may make such rules and by-laws, (not repugnant or contrary to the laws of the land,) as for the good order and proper government of the said corporation, may by them be thought necessary or expedient; and in like manner may change, alter, amend or renew their present or any of their future rules, by-laws and regulations.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall and may have, hold, take, possess, retain and enjoy, all such estates, real or personal, money, goods, chattels and effects, as they now possess, or are in any wise entitled unto, subject to the limitation aforesaid to the sum of thirty thousand dollars; and that this Act shall be deemed and held a public Act, and judicially taken notice of as such, and the same may be given in evidence without special pleading.

VI. And it is further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall remain and be in force for five years from the passing of this Act, and from thence to the expiration of the next session of the Legislature, and no longer.

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and after the expiration of the aforesaid term of five years, or any other legal repeal or dissolution of this Act of incorporation, it shall and may be lawful for the officers or trustees of the said society, for the time being, to have, hold, possess and enjoy, all and singular the real estates belonging to the said society, in trust for the use of the said society, and subject to the rules, regulations and by-laws of the said society, and that the said officers or trustees shall have full power and absolute authority to grant, bargain, sell and convey the said real estates to any person or persons who may purchase the same; any law, usage or custom to the contrary thereof, in any wise, notwithstanding.

In the Senate House, the twenty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and in the twenty-third year of the Independence of the United States of America.

JOHN WARD, President of the Senate.
WILLIAM JOHNSON, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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