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

December 21, 1814

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume V, Page 721 - Points to:
The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII - Pages 269-272

I. Be it 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 society formed for the promotion of religion and morals in the county of Claremont, and all those who may hereafter become members of that society, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate, in deed and in law, by the name of "Mount Pisgah Baptist Church."

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all those persons who have associated themselves together for the purposes of divine worship, in the district of Fairfield, and all those who may hereafter become members of the said society , shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Mount Bethel Episcopal Methodist Society."

III. And whereas, Stephen Elliott, President, William Johnson, Jr., and Robert Dewar, Vice Presidents, Dr. James E. B. Finly, Martin Stroble, Benjamin Elliott, and Dr. Richard L. Latham, curators, of the Literary and Philosophical Society of the State of South Carolina, have, by their petition, prayed for an Act of incorporalion on behalf of said society. Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Stephen Elliott, William Johnson, Jr., Robert Dewar, James E. B. Finly, Martin Stroble, Benjamin Elliott, and Dr. Kichard L. Latham, and all those who now belong to, and all those who may hereafter become members of, the said society, shall be, and are hereby declared to be, a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of "The Literary and Philosophical Society of South Carolina;" and, by the same name, shall have perpetual succession of officers and members; and a common seal, with power to change, alter, break and make new the same, as often as the said corporation shall judge expedient; and the said corporation, and its successors, shall be able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, and possess, and retain, to itself and its successors, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates, lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what kind or nature soever; and to sell, alien or lease the same, or any part thereof, as they shall think proper: and may, by their said name, 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 the benefit of the said corporation, and for the order, rule, good government and management of the said corporation, as shall, from time to time, be agreed upon by a majority of the members of the said corporation.

IV. And whereas, Ann E. Mitchell, Superintendant, Hannah Drayton, Jr., Superintendant, and S. M. Drayton, Secretary and Treasurer, of the Ladies' Benevolent Society, have, by their petition to the Legislature, prayed for an Act of incorporation. Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all those persons who now compose the said society in Charleston, and all those who may hereafter become members of the same, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of "The Ladies' Benevolent Society."

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the persons who now compose the Claremont Library Society, and all those who may hereafter become members of the same, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Claremont Library Society."

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all the persons who now compose the Uranian Society, and all those persons who may hereafter become members of the same, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Uranian Society at Columbia."

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the persons who now compose the Laurens Library Society, and all those persons who may hereafter become members thereof, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of "The Laurens Library Society.''

VIII. Whereas, the incorporated commissioners of the Pendleton Circulating Library Society, have petitioned the Legislature of this State, so to amend the Act of incorporation of the said commissioners, as to enable them to apply the funds of the said society to the endowment of an Academy at Pendleton Court House. Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said society, or a majority of them, be, and they are hereby, authorized and empowered to vest all the funds of the said society, in such way, and in such persons, as to them shall seem expedient, for the purposes of endowing or aiding in the maintenance and support of an Academy at Pendleton Court House.

IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the persons who now compose the Baptist Church in the Town of Camden, and all those who may hereafter become members of that church, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Baptist Church of Camden."

X. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the several societies and churches hereinbefore incorporated, shall, by their several and respective names, be able and capable in law, severally, to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to their respective incorporations, in perpetuity or for term of years, any lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what nature or kind soever; and their said lands, tenements or hereditaments, so by them, respectively, to be held, enjoyed and possessed, and the said corporations may, respectively, alien, sell, lease, demise or exchange, as the said respective corporations shall think proper; provided, however, that the lands, tenements and hereditaments, so to be had, held, enjoyed and possessed, by each or any of the said societies and churches, shall not exceed the annual value of five thousand dollars; and any monies, goods or chattels, which they severally and respectively do now, or may hereafter own, the said corporate bodies may retain, possess and enjoy, or sell, alien or convey, as they shall severally think convenient.

XI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said several societies and churches, herein mentioned and incorporated, shall, respectively, have perpetual succession of officers and members; and common seals of their respective corporate bodies, with power, respectively, to change and alter the same, as they or any of them may think proper; and may make such by-laws, rules and regulations, (not repugnant to the laws of the land,) as they shall respectively deem necessary for the good order and government of their said respective corporations.

XII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all those persons who now compose the Coranaca Circulating Library Society, and all those who may hereafter become members thereof, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name and style ot "The Coranaca Circulating Library Society."

XIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall be capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to itself, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any lands, tenements or hereditaments, or other property, of what nature soever, not exceeding five thousand dollars; and to sell or alien the same, as the said corporation shall think fit; and, by its 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 rules and by-laws, (not repugnant to the laws of the Land,) as for the order, rule, good government and management thereof may be thought necessary and expedient.

XIV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall be deemed a public Act, and, as such, shall be judicially noticed in all the courts of this State.

XV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Episcopal Church in Ratcliffborough, near Charleston, and the several persons, who now are, or hereafter become, members thereof, and their successors, officers and members, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, a body corporate and politic, in deed and in law, by the name and style of "The Protestant Episcopal Church of Saint Paul, in Ratcliffborough;" and, by the said name, shall have perpetual succession of officers and members; and a common seal, with power to alter, change, break and make new the same, as often as the said last mentioned corporation shall deem expedient; and the said corporation shall be able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to itself, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates, goods or chattels, lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what kind or nature soever, not exceeding the sum of five thousand dollars per annum; and to sell, alien, exchange, demise or lease the same, or any part thereof, as they shall think proper; and may, by its said name, sue and be sued, plead and be pleaded unto, answer and be answered unto, in any court of law or equity in this State: and the wardens and vestry of the said church are hereby vested with all the powers and authorities which are vested in any other established Episcopal Church in this State.

XVI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all and every of the societies aforesaid, shall be incorporated for the term of fourteen years, and until the next meeting of the Legislature thereafter, and no longer.

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

JAMES R. PRINGLE, President of the Senate.
THOS. BENNETT, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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