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An Act to Incorporate the Donaldson Academy, and Manual Labor School in the Town of Fayetteville.

1832-1833 - Chapter XL

Acts Passed by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina 1832-1833 - Pages 42-43.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That William H. Beatty of Bladen County, Henry Potter of Fayetteville, Colin McIver of Fayetteville, John Smith of Cumberland, John Owen of Bladen, Benjamin Robinson of Fayetteville, Thomas P. Hunt of Wilmington, George McIntosh of Richmond, James Owen of Wilmington, Henry A. Rowland of Fayetteville, Gabriel Holmes of Wilmington, Archibald McQueen of Robeson, George McNeill of Fayetteville, Alexander McIver of Sampson, James H. Hooper of Fayetteville, and William B. Wright of Fayetteville, be and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of the "Trustees of the Donaldson Academy and Manual Labor School," and by that name shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, and be able and capable in law to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, in all courts either in law or equity; and shall take, demand, receive and possess all monies, goods and chattels, and choses in action which may be given to them for the use of the said Academy and Manual Labor School, and the same apply according to the will of the donors when expressed, and without such declaration according to their own judgment; and by purchase or devise, to take, hold and possess to them and their successors forever,any lands, rents, tenements and hereditaments of what kind, nature or quality whatsoever, in special trust and confidence, the same with the profits thereof to apply to the use and purpose of endowing and supporting the said academy, and may purchase and hold for the purposes aforesaid, and such chattels and personal property as to them shall seem requisite.

II. Be it further enacted, &c., That the said trustees by the name aforesaid, shall be able and capable in law, to grant, bargain, sell and assure to the purchaser any or all such lands, rents, tenements and hereditaments as aforesaid, when not restrained by the terms of the grant or devise to them.

III. Be it further enacted, That in case of the death, resignation, refusal to act, or removal from the State of any of the trustees for the time being, the Presbytery of Fayetteville shall elect such persons to fill said vacancies as they shall tliink qualified, not confining themselves in their selection to the members of the Presbyterian Church.

IV. Be it further enacted, &c., That the said trustees shall hold their first meeting in the town of Fayetteville, on the fourth Wednesday of January, one thousand eight hundred and thirty three, and shall have power from time to time to appoint their own president; sccretary and treasurer, and such professors, tutors and officers in and over the said academy as to them shall appear proper; and may remove the same for misbehavior, inability or neglect of duty. They shall have power to make all neccesary bye-laws, and regulations, (not inconsistent with the laws and constitution of the State) for the government of the same.

V. Be it further enacted, &c., That the said trustees may and shall locate the said academy in the town of Fayetteville or in its vicinity within four miles thereof, and shall cause to be erected all such buildings and improvements for the accommodation of the same as they shall deem advisable and proper, and for the benefit of all such persons as wish to assist themselves by their own industry, in procuring their education, the said trustees shall be empowered to establish, and keep up a manual labor department in the said academy: which department as a component part of the institution, shall be conducted on such plan, and on such mode, as the board of trustees shall from time to time adopt. And five trustees shall be a quorum to transact all manner of business.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
this the 9th day of January, A.D.1833.

David L. Swain, Governor
Louis D. Henry, Speaker of the House of Commons
William D. Moseley, Speaker of the Senate

A true copy. William Hill, Secretary

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