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An Act to Incorporate the Society Commonly Called and Known by the Name of the Fellowship Society

August 23, 1769

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII, Pages 112-114

WHEREAS, Edward Weyman, James Brown, and Robert Cripps, in behalf of themselves and several other persons, inhabitants of this Province, who have associated themselves together for certain pious and charitable purposes, and have subsisted these seven years last past, under the name of " The Fellowship Society," have preferred a petition to the General Assembly, therein setting forth, that by small contributions, from time to time, made and improved to the best advantage, the said society hath now collected a considerable sum of money, which they are desirous to apply towards those good and charitable uses which first called them together, and, in particular, towards erecting a convenient infirmary or hospital for affording relief to distressed persons in this Province, whose unhappy circumstances deprive them of the benefit of lodging, advice, medicine and regular attendance; and therefore pray to be incorporated as a body politic, and to be vested with such powers and authorities as may be most conducive to answer and further the good intentions of the said association. We therefore humbly pray his most sacred Majesty that it may be enacted,—

I. And be it enacted, by the Honorable William Bull, Esq., Lieutenant. Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of South Carolina, by and with the advice and consent of his Majesty's Council and the Commons House of Assembly of the said Province, and by the authority of the same, That Edward Weyman, the present president, James Brown and Robert Cripps, the present wardens, and the several persons who now are, or shall hereafter be, members of that society in this Province commonly called the Fellowship Society, and their successors, in the manner hereinafter directed to be elected officers or members of the same, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, one body corporate and politic, in deed and in name, by the name and style of "The Fellowship Society," 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 they shall judge expedient. And they and their successors shall be able and capable in law to have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to them and their successors, all the monies or other personal estate, and all the securities for the same, which have arisen from the contributions aforesaid, and the interest or proceed thereof, and which are now in the hands of or vested in any of the said officers or members, in trust for the said society; and also, at their discretion, to call in and replace at interest the said monies, or any part thereof. And they and their successors, by the said corporate of the Fellowship Society, shall be capable in law, out of the said and the produce thereof, to purchase, receive, have, hold, enjoy,: and retain, to them and their successors, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates, real or personal, messuages, lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what kind or nature soever, not exceeding, in the whole, five hundred pounds sterling per annum above reprizes, and to sell, alien, exchange, demise or lease the same, or any part thereof, as they shall think convenient; and by the same name to sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of record; and to make such rules and by-laws, for the benefit and advantage of said corporation, as shall be, from time to time, agreed to by the majority of the members of the said society.

II. And be it Further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the corporation hereby erected, to take and hold, to them and their successors forever, any charitable donations or devises of land, not exceeding, in the whole, five hundred pounds sterling per annum, and also to take and hold monies or chattels, real and personal, and therewith, and out of the common stock, to erect and endow and support an infirmary or hospital, for the reception and relief of lunatics and other distempered poor and sick persons in this Province, whose unhappy circumstances deprive them of the benefit of lodging, advice, medicine and regular attendance, as they shall judge proper objects of the charity hereby intended; and to appoint and choose a proper clergyman or minister, (provided, that he be a member of the Church of England.) chirurgeon, physician and all other persons necessary to be employed in and about the said infirmary or hospital, for the purposes herein mentioned or intended; and at their pleasure displace, remove and supply others in the room and stead of them, or or either of them; and to appoint such salaries, perquisites or other rewards, for their labor and service therein, as the said society and body corporate shall, from time to time, approve of and think fit.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall be deemed a public Act, and shall and may be given in evidence on the trial of any issue or cause, in any court of law or equity, without special pleading.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act, and every thing therein contained, shall not be of force until his Majesty's royal approbation thereof be obtained and signified to the Governor or Commander-in-Chief of this Province for the time being.

In the Council Chamber, the 23d day of August, 1769.

P. MANIGAULT, Speaker.
Assented to: WM. BULL.

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