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An Act to Vest in the Camden Orphan Society, and in Other Charitable Societies Therein Mentioned, the Escheated Property Therein Mentioned

December 21, 1799

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume V, Pages 363-366

WHEREAS, the establishment of public schools is beneficial to the State, and ought to be encouraged:

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 all such property as hath heretofore escheated, or may hereafter escheat, to this State, in the said county, or within the present limits thereof, on account of property which, by an Act entitled "An Act to appoint escheators, and to regulate escheats," hath escheated to this State, shall be, and the same is hereby, vested in the Camden Orphan Society, for the purpose of promoting the beneficial purpose of the said society, and for endowing and supporting a school in the town of Camden, in the said county: Provided, the same do not exceed the sum of nine thousand dollars. And for receiving and disposing of the same property, the said Camden Orphan Society are hereby vested with all the powers heretofore vested in the person or persons heretofore appointed escheators in the several districts throughout this State, so far as the same concerns that part of the State which is included in the present limits of Kershaw County.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Camden Orphan Society be, and the said society is hereby, vested with a discretionary power of directing the application of the said property, in such manner and way as shall seem to the said society best calculated to answer the beneficial purposes of this Act.

III. And be It further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Camden Orphan Society be, and the said society is hereby, empowered and authorized to establish and proceed to draw and finally conclude, one or more lottery or lotteries, for the purposes aforesaid. Provided, that there shall not be raised, by means thereof, a sum exceeding seven thousand dollars.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all such property as hath heretofore escheated, or may hereafter escheat, to this State, in the county of Lancaster, under the operation of the above recited Act, shall be, and the same is hereby, vested in the trustees hereafier appointed, for the purpose of endowing and supporting a school in the said county of Lancaster; which said trustees, or any three of them, shall have, and they are hereby vested with, all the powers vested in the person or persons appointed escheators in the several districts throughout this State, so far as the same concerns that part of the State included within the present bounds of the said county of Lancaster: Provided, the said propeity shall not exceed the value of nine thousand dollars.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Rev. John Brown, Dr. Samuel C. Dunlap, Jr., John Ingram, John Montgomtry and William Nesbit, shall be, and they are hereby appointed, trustees for the purpose of receiving and disposing of the escheated property within the said county of Lancaster; and that they, or any three of them, shall have, and they are hereby vested with, a discretionary power of directing thg application of the escheated propeity in the said county of Lancaster, in such manner and way as to them shall seem most conducive to the beneficial purposes of this Act.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Camden Orphan Society, and the said trustees for the said county of Lancaster, shall keep an accurate account of all their proceedings in regard to the property granted as aforesaid, which, whenever required so to do, they shall lay the same before the Legislature, for their information.

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all such property as hath heretofore escheated, or which may hereafter escheat, to this State, in the counties of Union, York and Chester, or within the present limits thereof, which by an Act entitled "An Act to appoint escheators and to regulate escheats," hath escheated, or may escheat, to this State, shall be, and the same is hereby, vested in the trustees of Alexandria College for the purposes of promoting ihe beneficial purposes of the college, and for endowing and supporting said college; provided, the same do not exceed the sum of nine thousand dollars. And for receiving and disposing of the said property, the said trustees are hereby vested with all the powers heretofore vested in the person or persons heretofore appointed escheators in the several districts throughout this State so far as the same concerns that part of the State at present included in the limits of Union, York and Chester counties.

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees of Alexandria College be, and the said trustees are hereby, vested with a discretionary power to direct the application of the said property, in such manner and way as shall seem to the said trustees best calculated to promote the interest of Alexandria College.

IX. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees of Alexandria College shall keep an accurate account of all their proceedings, in regard to the property hereby vested in them, which, whenever required so to do, they shall lay before the Legislature for their inspection.

X. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all such property as hath heretofore escheated, or may hereafter escheat, to the State, by virtue of the aforesaid Act to appoint escheators and regulate escheats, within the election district of Williamsburgh, shall be, and the same is hereby, vested in the trustees for the establishment of the Williamsburgh Academy; which said trustees, or a majority of them, are hereby vested with all the powers given to the escheators by the Act aforesaid, so far as the said powers relate to the escheated property within the said district; provided, that the property so vested shall not exeeed the amount of ten thousand dollars.

XI. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees are hereby vested with ample powers to sue for and recover the same, in the name of "The Trustees of the Williamsburgh Academy;" and may direct and apply the said property, after the same shall be recovered by law, or given up to them, in such manner as the said trustees, or a majority of them, shall think best, for the benefit of the said academy; and the said trustees shall also keep regular and accurate journals and accounts of all their proceedmgs in regard to the property vested in them as aforesaid; which accounts of their proceedings shall always be liable to the inspection of the courts of common pleas and of the Legislature, when called for.

XII. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all such property as hath heretofore escheated, or may hereafter escheat, to the State, by virtue of the aforesaid Act to appoint escheators and regulate escheats, within the district of Colleton, shall be, and the same is hereby, vested in the trustees hereinafter to be appointed, for the establishment of a school in the said district; which said trustees, or a majority or them, are hereby vested with all the powers given to the escheators by the Act aforesaid, so far as the said powers relate to the escheated property within the said district; provided, that the property so vested shall not exceed the amount of ten thousand dollars.

XIII. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That General John M'Pherson, Thomas Osborn, Paul Hamilton, O'Brien Smith, William B. Mitchell, John Glaze, Benjamin Postell, Dr. James Perry, William Postell, Benjamin Perry, Thomas Waring, of Pine Hill, William Hayne, and Dr. Matthew O'Discoll, be, and they are hereby appointed, trustees for the purposes of receiving and disposing of the property above specified, within the district of Colleton; and the said trustees, or a majority of them, are hereby vested with ample powers to sue for and recover the same; and they may direct and apply the said property, after the same shall be recovered by law or given up to them, in such manner as the said trustees, or a majority of them, shall think most conducive to the benefit of the said school; and the said trustees shall also keep regular and accurate journals and accounts of all their proceedings in regard to the property vested in them as aforesaid; which accounts of their proceedings shall always be liable to the inspection of the courts of common pleas or equity, and of the Legislature, when called for.

XIV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That in all cases where vacancies may happen in any of the boards of trustees established by this Act, the remaining trustees shall have power to fill up the said vacancies in the game manner commissioners of the high roads now fill up vacancies in their boards.

XV. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all the escheated property in the two parishes of Saint Philip and Saint Michael, now escheated, or which shall hereafter escheat, to this State, situated in the said parishes, not exceeding fifty thousand dollars, shall be, 'and the same is hereby, vested in the City Council of Charleston, for the benefit of the Orphan House of Charleston; and the said City Council shall be, and they are hereby, vested with all the powers necessary for escheating, selling, and appropriating the said property for the benefit of said Orphan House.

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

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



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