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szid, That the said corporation shall be capable in May pur; law to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess chase and and retain to itsclf, in perpetuity, or for any term or other of years, any lands, tenements, or hereditaments, property, or other property, of what kind or nature soever, ceive doand to sell, alien, or lease the same, as they shall nations. think proper : And also that it shall and may be lawful for the said corporation to take and hold for ever, any charitable donations, devises or bequests of land or personal property, and to appropriate the same to the purposes of the said corporation ; and by its said name to sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of law or equity in this state: Provided always, That all such purchases, donations, devises and bequests of lands or personal property, and the property vested by virtue of this act in the said trustees, shall not exceed the sum of twenty thousand dollars.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said school shall be under the man- Trustees, agement and direction of the aforesaid trustees, or

how per

petuated, a quorum of them, to be chosen, appointed and and how perpetuated in the following manner, that is to to elect

officers. say : The said trustees and their successors, shall meet on the first Monday in May, in every year, at Orangeburgh, or such other place as 'shall be appointed by a majority of them, between the hours of nine in the morning and three in the afternoon; and the major part of those so met, shall elcct, by ballot, a president and such other officers as they shall think necessary, for the year ensuing. And on the death, resignation or removal from the state, of any trustce or trustees, the president, or in his absence the next presiding officer, shall, within three months thereafter, cause the other trustees to be summoned to meet at Orangeburgh aforesaid, or such other place as the president or presiding officer shall appoint, giving at least thirty days notice: and

the trustees who shall mect, not less than seveti being present, or a majority of those so met, shall choose, by ballot, another trustee or trustees, in the place or places of any one or more so dying, removing or resigning: and in case of the death, removal or resignation of the president, or other officer, the presiding officer shall convene the trustees in the same manner as the president is herein before directed; and the trustees being met, shall procecd to the election of a president, or other officer, in the same manner as prescribed at their annual election: Provided, That such president, or other officer, shall only continue in office until the next annual election.

And be it further enacted by the authority afore-
Shall have said, That the said trustees, or a majority of them,
power to shall have full power and authority, from time to
make by.
& time, to make, constitute and establish such and

so many by-laws, rules and orders, as to them
shall seem necessary and convenient, for the bet-
ter regulation, government, well ordering and di-
recting themselves, as trustees aforesaid, and the
schools to be established by virtue of this act, and
all officers, professors, or other persons by them
employed, or to be employed, in and about the.
same, and of all students in the said schools, and
for the.better management and transacting all things
necessary for and concerning the government of
the same schools, and the same by-laws, rules and
orders, to put in force and execution accordingly,
and the same again at their will and pleasure to
revoke, alter, change or annul; all which by-laws,
rules and orders, so to be made as aforesaid, shall
be binding on each and every of the trustees, and
on all officers, professors and other persons by
them employed, and on all students in the said
schools, and shall be, from time to time, by each
and every of them, invariably and punctually ob-
served, according to the tenor thereof, under the
several pains, penalties and disabilities therein to

trustees a

escheat

be expressed, fixed, appointed or declared : Pro. vided, That the same shall be reasonable, and not contrary or repugnant to the laws of this state or of the United States.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That seven of the said trustees, assembled Seven together for that purpose, public notice of such

quorum meeting being given by the president, or presiding officer, at least thirty days previous thereto, shall be capable in law of doing, executing, performing, and carrying into effect, all the powers, duties and authorities, by this act vested in them.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees shall be, and are hereby Trustees declared to be escheators for the district of Orange- appointed burgh, and that all the lands, or other property, ors. which has already, or shall hereafter escheat, in the district of Orangeburgh, not exceeding the value of twenty thousand dollars, shall be, and are hereby vested in the said trustees, for the purposes aforesaid.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the aforesaid trustees shall keep an ac- To keep an curate account of all their proceedings, in regard account. to the property hereby vested in them, which, whenever required so to do, they shall lay before the legislature, for their information.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this act shall be deemed a public act, This act a and judicially taken notice of as such, without public act. special pleading; and that the same shall or may be given in evidence, on any issue to be tried in any court of law in this state. In the Senate House, the twenty-first Day of December, in

the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-eight, and in the twenty-third Year of the In-
dependence of the United States of America.

JOHN WARD, President of the Senate.
WILLIAM JOHNSON, Jun. Speaker of

the House of Representatives.

W

An ACT to establish an uniform and more conve

nient System of Judicature. HEREAS a more easy, certain, and uni

form system of judicature, by the establishment of courts, under proper regulations, in districts of convenient dimensions, in this state, will tend greatly to promote the interest and happiness, and preserve the just rights, liberties and properties of the good people thereof: To attain, therefore, the salutary ends aforesaid,

Be it enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in

general assembly, and by the authority of the same, This state That from and immediately after the passing of this divided in- act, this state shall be, and hereby is divided into to districts.

the several districts hereinafter expressed and described, that is to say: One district, to be named Abbeville district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits : one other district, to be named Edgefield district, to comprehend the county of that name according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Newberry district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Laurens district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits; one other district, to be named Pendleton district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Greenville district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Spartanburgh district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its presert limits: one other district, to be named Union district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named York district, to comprehend the connty of that name, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Chester district, to

comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Lancaster district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Fairfield district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Kershaw district, to comprehend the counties of Kershaw and Richland, according to their present limits: one other district, to be named Chesterfield district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Marlborough district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Darlington district, to comprehend the county of that name, according to its present limits: the three counties of Claremont, Clarendon and Salem, shall form one district, to be called Sumter district; which said district shall comprehend the said three counties, as heretofore established by an actual survey: one other district, to be named Marion district, to comprehend the county now called Liberty county, according to its present limits: one other district, to be named Georgetown district, to comprehend the whole of the former district of Georgetown, except Marion district aforesaid: one other district, to be named Colleton district, to comprehend the parishes of Saint Paul, Saint Bartholomew and Saint George, Dorchester: one other district, to be named Charleston district, to comprehend the former district of Charleston, except Colleton district: one other district, to be named Beaufort district, and to comprehend the present district of that name: one other district, to benamed Barnwell district, to comprehend that part of the former district of Orangeburgh, which lies between South-Edisto and Savannah rivers: one other district, to be named Orangeburgh district, to comprehend the whole of the former district of Orangeburgh, except Barnwell district aforesaid.

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