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An Act to Incorporate the Several Societies Therein Mentioned; and for Other Pourposes Therein Mentioned.

December 19, 1805

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume V, Page 502 - Points to:
The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII - Pages 233-234

WHEREAS, the divers associations herein after mentioned, have petitioned the Legislature, praying to be incorporated:

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 free white persons now belonging to, or who shall hereafter be admitted or become members of the Cambridge Association, according to the rules, orders and constitution of the said society, formed or to be formed, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, one established body, corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Cambridge Association," for the purposes of encouraging and promoting literature. And all those free white persons who now belong to, or shall hereafter bo admitted or become members of the Saint George's Society, now established in Charleston, according to the rules, orders and constitution of the said society, formed or to be formed, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, one established body, corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The St. George's Society of Charleston," for charitable purposes.

II. And whereas, sundry persons have heretofore petitioned the Legislature of this State, to be incorporated as a society, under the name of "The Columbia Library Society:" and whereas, sundry other persons have, in like manner, petitioned to be incorporated, under the name of "Camden Library Society:" and whereas, sundry persons have heretofore petitioned in like manner, to be incorporated, under the name of "The Hibernian Society:" Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all those persons who now are, or hereafter may be, members and officers of the said first mentioned society, being free white persons, 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 Columbia Library Society." And that all those persons who now are, or hereafter may be, members and officers of the second mentioned society, being free white persons, shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated a body politic and corporate, and shall be known, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Camden Library Society." And that all those persons who now are, or hereafter may be, members and officers of the said third mentioned society, being free white persons, 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 Hibernian Society."

III. And whereas, sundry persons have petitioned the Legislature of this State to be incorporated as a society, under the name of "The Baptist Church of Antioch:" and whereas, sundry other persons have petitioned, in like manner, to be incorporated under the name of "The Cambridge Baptist Church:" Be it therefere enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all those persons who now are, or hereafter may be, members and officers of the said first mentioned society, being free white persons, shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body corporate and politic, and shall he known, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Baptist Church of Antioch." And that all those persons who now are, or hereafter may be, members and officers of the said second mentioned society, being free white persons, 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 Cambridge Baptist Church." .And shall each have succession of oflicers and members, and a common seal, with a power to change, alter, break and make new the same, as often as the said corporations, respectively, shall judge expedient. And that the said corporations, respectively, and their successors, shall be able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to themselves and to their successors, respectively, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates, lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what kind or nature soever, not exceeding the annual income of five thousand dollars, and to sell, alien and exchange, as they, respectively, shall think proper; and may, by their respective names aforesaid, severally, 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 to the laws of the land,) for tlie benefit of the said corporations, respectively, as shall, from time to time, be agreed upon by a majority of the members of the said corporations, respectively.

IV. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Act to authorize Richard A. Rapley, Julius Nichols, Henry Wilson, and John Bowie, to sell and dispose of all the lands, town lots, and buildings of the College of Cambridge, be, and the same is hereby repealed.

V. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the College and the lands belonging thereto, the court house and gaol, and the public lots in the village of Cambridge, be, and they are hereby, vested in the Cambridge Association, and the trustees thereof are hereby authorized and required to sell and dispose of the said court house, gaol and public lots, and to appropriate the money arising therefrom, in such manner as may most conduce to the interest of the Association. But that the college and lands belonging thereto, shall be held without the power of alienation, for the purposes of the institution contemplated to be established by the said Association.

VI. And be it further enacted hy the authority aforesaid, That the said Cambridge Association shall be, and they are hereby made, liable for all the debts due by the trustees of the Cambridge College, and shall be authorized to sue for and recover all debts due to them.

In the Senate House, the nineteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five, and in the thirtieth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

ROBT. BARNWELL, President of the Senate.
JOSEPH ALSTON, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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