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An Act to Authorize the Erection of Suitable Buildings for a Lunatic Asylum, and a School for the Deaf and Dumb.

December 20, 1821

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VI, Page 168

WHEREAS, the benevolent purposes of society require, on the part, of the State, a public institution for the reception and cure of lunatics, for the instruction of the deaf and dumb, and for the maintenance of the poor and destitute of either class:

I. Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That his Excellency the Governor, for the time being, his Honor the Intendant of the city of Charleston, for the time being, John L. Wilson, Dr. James Davis, Dr. Edward Fisher, and Thomas Taylor, Junior, be, and they are hereby appointed, commissioners on the part and in behalf of the State, with authority to select, contract for, and purchase a suitable site or sites, at or near Columbia, for the establishment of a lunatic asylum, and a school for the deaf and dumb; that they be, and they are hereby, authorized and empowered to draw out of the treasury of this State the sum of thirty thousand dollars, if so much be necessary, to be appropriated to the purpose of purchasing such site or sites, and erecting a building of brick or stone, and covered with tile or slate, suitable for the purposes of a lunatic assylum, and another building of brick or stone, suitable for the purposes of a school, wherein the deaf and dumb may be instructed.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said buildings, when completed, shall be applied, under the authority of the State, to the purposes herein before mentioned; and that the Legislature do, at their next session, and at each biennial session thereafter, elect by ballot, seven trustees, who shall superintend the public institutions hereby intended to be established.

III. And be it further enacted, That the cominissioners herein named be, and they are hereby, requested to procure the best information in their power, on the organization and government of a lunatic asylum, and a school for the deaf and dumb, and that they do report the result of their enquiries, with their proceedings, to the Legislature, at its session in December next.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the chairman of the commissioners of the poor of the several districts of this State, do report, as early as the information can be obtained, to his Excellency the Governor for the time being, the number ot lunatics and deaf and dumb persons within their several districts and parishes, and the ages of such lunatics and deaf and dumb persons.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall be deemed a public Act, and as such, shall be judicially taken notice of without special pleading, in all the courts of law and equity within this State.

In the Senate House, the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one, and in the forty-sixth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

BENJAMIN HUGER, President of the Senate.
PATRICK NOBLE, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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