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An Act to Incorporate the Mount Pleasant Academy, in the Parish of Christ Church, and to Enable the Trustees to Recover a Legacy for the Education of the Poor Children in the Said Parish.

December 19, 1809

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume V, Page 601 - Points to:
The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VIII - Pages 254-255

WHEREAS, Sammuel Warren, James Hebbin, William Scott, Nicholas Venning, Elias Wilden, George Barksdale, Moses Whitesides, David Ramsay, trustees of the Mount Pleasant Academy, in the parish of Christ Church, have, by their petition, prayed to be incorporated. And whereas, the encouragement of the education of youth is a matter always desirable:

I. Be it therefore 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 said petitioners, and their successors, appointed or elected, or to be appointed or elected, according to the form and in the manner prescribed or to be prescribed by the rules and regulations of the said academy, shall be, and they are hereby, incorporated as a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name of "The Mount Pleasant Academy."

II. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation, by their name aforesaid, shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, to be appointed or elected in such manner and according to such form as may be prescribed by the rules and regulations now existing, or hereafter to be made, for the government of the said Academy or corporation; and that they may have a common seal, with power to change, alter and make new the said rules and regulations and common seal, as often as they shall judge expedient.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall be able and capaple in law, to purchase, have, hold, take, receive, possess, retain and enjoy, to itself, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate, real or personal, of what kind or nature soever; and to sell, alien, and dispose of the .same, as they may think proper: and, by its name aboce mentioned, 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 or contrary to the laws of the land, as for the good order and proper government of the said corporation, may by them be thought necessary or expedient. Provided, nevertheless, that the annual income of said real and personal estate shall not exceed ten thousand dollars.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees, and their successors, shall have full power and authority, and they are hereby fully authorized and empowered, to sue for and recover at law, or in equity, the legacy devised by Elizabeth Fleming, in her last will and testament, dated 19th September, 1775, for the building of a school for the good of the poor; and that the funds arising from the recovery of the said legacy, if recoverable consistantly with the intent of the testatrix, be vested in the said trustees, and their successors in oflice, and, when recovered, be appropriated under their direction, for the sole purpose of educating the poor children of the said parish.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall be deemed and taken to be a public Act, and all courts in this State shall take notice thereof as such, and the same may be given in evidence, without special pleading.

In the Senate House, the nineteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine, and in the thirty-fourth year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.

SAMUEL WARREN, President of the Senate.
JOSEPH ALSTON, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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