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conclude, one or more lotteries; provided they do not, by the said lotteries, raise a sum exceeding five thousand dollars.
And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this ‘act shall be deemed and taken to This act a be a public act, and all courts in this state shall take public act. 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 seven hundred and
DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.
House of Representatives.
An ACT to vest certain Lands, in the District of
Beaufort, in Trustees, for the purpose of build-
HEREAS a petition has been presented
by sundry persons, inhabitants of the district of Beaufort, praying that certain lands in the said district, the property of the state, may be given for the purpose of erecting a college in the town of Beaufort:
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 all the confiscated property, to certain which the state is now entitled, in the district of property Beaufort, and all such property as hath heretofore, the trusor may hereafter, accrue to this state, in the said tees of
Beaufort district, on account of property, which by an act, college. entitled, “ An act to appoint escheators, and to regulate escheats,” hath escheated to this state; provided the same do not amount to more than five thousand pounds sterling; and all the vacant lots in the town of Beaufort, shall be, and they are hereby vested in the trustees hereafter appointed, and
for the purposes herein after mentioned; and the said trustees, for the receiving and disposal of the same, are hereby vested with all the powers heretofore vested in the commissioners for selling and disposing of the confiscated estates, in the person or persons heretofore appointed escheators in the district aforesaid, and the commissioners heretofore appointed, for the purpose of selling the vacant lots in the town of Beaufort.
And be it further enacted by the authority aforeLand to said, That the vestry of the church on Port Rebe convey public Island, are hereby vested with full power site of the to convey, in such manner as they may deem procollege. per, any such part of the lands which hath hereto
fore been appropriated for the use of the church, for the purpose of crecting a college thereon, and shall give the said lands such reasonable bounds as may be necessary for the same, and to use the remaining part of the lands, in which the said church hath a right, in such a manner as in their opinion will most conduce to the interests of the church.
And be it further enacted by the authority aforeTrustees said, That John Barnwell, Robert Barnwell, Wilappointed liam Hazard Wigg, William Elliott, Stephen Elpowers.
liott, Henry Holcolmbe, Thomas Fuller, John M'Pherson, John A. Cuthbert, John Jenkins, senior, William Fripp, John Bull and John M. Verdier, shall be, and are hereby appointed trustees for the purposes herein mentioned; and that the said trustees, and their successors, shall for ever hereafter be one body, politic and corporate, in deed and in name, by the style of " Trustees of the College of Beaufort;” and by the said name shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, and a common seal, with power to change, alter and make new the same, as often as the said corporation shall judge expedient.
And be it further enacted by the authority aforePowers of the corpo. said, That the said corporation shall be capable in ration, law, to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, pos.
bess and retain to itself, in perpetuity or for any terini of years, any lands, tenements or hereditaments, or other property, of what kind or nature soever, and to sell, alien or release the same, as they shall think proper; and also, that it shall and may be lawful for said corporation to take and hold forever, any charitable donations, devises or bequests of land or personal property, and to appropriate the same to the purposes of 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 nevertheless, That all such purchases, donations, devises and bequests of land or personal property shall be exclusively appropriated for the purpose of erecting and endowing a college in the town of Beaufort, and of establishing such other schools and seminaries of learning as the said corporation shall deem expedient.
And be it further enacted by the authority afore. said, That the said college at Beaufort be under Mode of the management and direction of the aforesaid trus perpetuato tees, or a quorum or board thereof, to be chosen, trustees. appointed and perpetuated as follows: The said trustees, and their successors, shall meet on the first Monday of March in every year, at the said college, or such other place in Beaufort as may be thought more convenient, between the hours of nine in the forenoon and three in the afternoon, (due and public notice thereof being given by the secretary, at least ten days before, in writing,) and the major part of those so met, shall elect by ballot, a president and such other officers as they shall think necessary, for the ensuing year: The said president and officers, so chosen, shall take an oath, for the due and faithful execution of their office, to be administered to them by any judge or justice of the peace. On the death, resignation or removal from the state, of any trustee, the president, or in his absence the next presiding officer, shall,
within three months thereafter, cause the other trus: tees to be summoned to meet at the college, or such other place in Beaufort as may bethought more convenient, after a notice of ten days; and the trustees who shall meet, not less than seven being present, or a majority of those so met, shall choose by ballot, another trustee, in the place of the one so dying, resigning or removing; who shall be vested with all the powers and privileges of his predecessor,
And be it further enacted by the authority aforeFarther said, That the said trustees of the college of Beaupowers of fort, or a majority of them, shall have full power the trus
and authority, from time to 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 better regulation, government, well ordering and directing of themselves as trustees aforesaid, as well as of the said college in Beaufort; 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 college: And for the better managing, limiting and appointing of all and singular the trusts and authorities in them and each of them reposed and to be reposed; and for doing, managing and transacting all things necessary for and concerning the government of the same college; 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 alter, change, revoke and annul; all which by-laws, rules and orders so to be made as aforesaid, shall be binding on each and every of the said trustees, and on all officers, professors and other persons by them employed, and on all students in the said college, and shall be, from time to time, by each and every of them inviolably and punctually observed, according to the tenor and effect thereof, under the several pains, penalties and disabilities therein expressed, fixed, appointed or declared: Provided, That the same shall be reasonable, and
not contrary or repugnant to the laws of this state or of the congress of the United States of America.
And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees, or so many as shall be Power of fixed on by their by-laws as aforesaid, shall have conferring
degrees. full power, by the principal or professors of the said college, to grant or confer such degree or degrees, in the liberal arts or sciences, to any of the students of the said college, or other persons by them thought worthy thereof, as are usually granted and conferred in other colleges in Europe and America ; and to give diplomas or certificates thereof, signed by them, and sealed with the common seal of the trustees of the college, to authenticate and perpetuate the memory of such graduation.
And be firther enacted, That no person shall be Noperson excluded from any privilege, immunity, office or excluded situation in the said college, on account of his reli- of his religious persuasion: Provided he demean himself in gious pera sober, peaceable and orderly manner, and con- suasion, form to the rules and regulations thereof. And be it further enacted, That this act shall be
This act deemed a public act, and judicially taken notice of public act. as such, without special pleading; that the same shall be liberally construed for fully carrying into effect the beneficial purposes hereby intended; and if any person or persons shall be sued for any matter done in pursuance hereof, he, she or they may plead the general issue, give this act and the special matter in evidence, and on discontinuance by a judgment against any plaintiff, shall recover treble costs.
And be further enacted, That the said trustees Accurate shall keep an accurate account of all their proceed- account te
be kept. ings in regard to the property granted as aforesaid, which, whenever required to do, they shall lay before the legislature for their information.
And be it further enacted by the authority afore- Property said, That the Beaufort and St. Helena societies to be cong are hereby authorized and empowered to convey to the trus. the trustees herein appointed, or their successors, teesi,