South Carolina - Acts on Education Topics

An Act for the Encouragement of Learning

June 7, 1712

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume II, Pages 377-378

(One half of a leaf of the original Act is torn off. What remains is herein copied.) 

WHEREAS, several sums of money have been given by well disposed persons for building a free school, which cannot at this time be done conveniently; to supply which defect for the present,

I. Be it enacted, by his Excellency the Palatine, and the rest of the true and absolute Lords Proprietors of Carolina, by and with the advice and consent of the rest of the members of the General Assembly, now met at Charlestown for the south-west part of the said Province, and by the authority of the same, That from and after the ratification of this Act, John Douglas shall be and is hereby declared to be Master of a Grammar School in Charlestown, for teaching the Greek and Latin languages, and shall choose one usher to the said school, who is impowered and required to assist the master aforesaid in teaching the languages, reading, English, writing, arithmetick or such other parts of the mathcmaticks as he is capable to teach.


III. And whereas, Mr. Benjamin Dennis is sent over by the recomendation of the honourable Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in foreign parts, to be a school master for the parish of St. James, Goose Creek, in which parish he having been a considerable time to great satisfaction and approbation of the inhabitants thereof, therefore worthy our consideration, and whereas there cannot be sufficient provision made for the maintenance of the said Dennis in the parish, by reason of the neglect of many of the said parishioners, which for the future (if not prevented) will be a discouragement to that honourable Society's sending over such school masters as will be wanting in this Province; to prevent which, and that some encouragement may be given to the said Dennis out of the publick treasury, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and after the ratification of this Act the publick Receiver for the time being shall pay unto the aforesaid Mr. Benjamin Dennis a salary of sixteen pounds a year, which salary shall be paid at four equal quarterly payments, and shall continue to be paid during the space and term of three years after the ratification of this Act.

IV. Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the aforementioned John Douglas, schoolmaster, aforesaid, shall take and receive for each scholar to whom is taught in the school aforesaid the Greek and Latin tongues, the sum of three pounds a year, and so a proportional sum for a longer or shorter time; and for every scholar to whom is taught English, writing, arithmetick or any other parts of the mathematicks, such a sum as shall be agreed upon betwixt the master aforesaid and the learner himself or any other in his behalf; and that two thirds of all money received from the scholars taught in the school aforesaid, by the master and usher above mentioned, shall be for the proper use of tiie master, John Douglas, aforesaid, and the other third part for the use of the usher.

V. Be it likewise enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person refuse or neglect to pay what he agreed to pay to the schoolmaster above mentioned, either for being taught or for having any other taught by his agreement or order, such sum so neglected or refused to be paid shall be recovered by the master aforesaid, after such manner as is directed by one Act entituled an Act for the Tryal of Small and Mean Causes.

VI. Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That in case of the death or surrender of the schoolmaster aforesaid, another shall be appointed in his place by order of the General Assembly, and shall enjoy the salary and other benefits allowed by this Act, as if he were therein expressly mentioned.

VII. Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the schoolmaster above mentioned, shall not be superseded or divested of the place, salary and perquisites given unto him by this Act, by any other authority whatsoever, unless by ordinance of the General Assembly.

VIII. Whereas, by an Act entituled an Act for Erecting and Founding a Free School, &;c., there is no provision made for choosing a president on the death, absence or resignation of the president nominated in the said Act, and wheras, Colonel Edward Tynte, the president nominated by the Act aforesaid, is since deceased, by which means the surviving commissioners cannot proceed to transact the business of the said Act; Be it therefore enacted, That the Honourable Charles Craven, Esq., Governour, be and is hereby nominated and appointed president to the said commissioners, and hereby declared to have all the powers and authorities which by the said Act were vested in Colonel Edward Tynte, aforesaid, as fully and to all intents and purposes whatsoever, as if the said Charles Craven was nominated president in the body of the said Act.

IX. And be it further enacted, That if any of the said commissioners shall neglect to attend, being duly summoned as in the said Act is directed, such commissioner or commissioners shall forfeit ten shillings for every day that the commissioners shall meet to transact the business or that Act, unless he or they so neglecting to attend shall give the commissioners, or the major part of them, such reasons as to them shall be satisfactory; and the forfeitures ariseing by the neglect of the said commissioners to attend, shall be disposed of as the majority of the commmissioners then mett shall order and appoint.

Read three times and ratified in open Assembly, the seventh day of June, 1712.


[Note.—Repealed by sect. 24 of the Free School Act, of December 12, 1712]

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