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to this state on the debt due from the United States, that then the commissioner of loans shall deduct, in average and proportion, from the aggregate amount of each loan, such a sum as will reduce the interest on the remaining sums, to the amount of the interest due this state from the United States; and the commissioners of loans shall give to the subscribers aforesaid, respectively, certificates of the balances due to them, specifying the amount of the several descriptions of stock to which they are entitled. And the commissioner of the treasury in Charleston is hereby authorized and required to purchase, with any unappropriated monies that may be in the treasury and to transfer to the holders of such certificates, respectively, equal sums of the funded debt of this state, having regard to the several descriptions thereof, as specified in the said certificates, and paying such interest as may have accrued on such surplus certificate.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the treasurer in Charleston, be, and he is Treasurer hereby authorized and directed to receive from the .ão; commissioner of loans of the United States, all the to the ox. monies that may be paid to this state, by the Unit-o: ed States, in extinguishment of the balance due to jeo this state from the United States, and to apply the cents. same to the extinguishment of the present six per cent.;funded debt of this state, either by payment of two per cent. on the said stock, or by purchase of the same: Provided that the treasurer shall not make any payment or purchase, but by and with the advice and consent of the governor of this state for the time being.

...And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That John Lewis Gervais, esquire, be, and John Lew. he is hereby continued commissioner of public ac-. counts and of loans, to the end of the next meeting inoffic for and sitting of the general assembly, with all the or Powers heretofore annexed to these offices respec

tively: Provided, That in addition to the duties
heretofore imposed on him by former laws, he also
rform the duties of this act.
In the Senate House, the nineteenth Day of December, in
the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-five, and in the twentieth Year of the Independ-
ence of the United States of America.
DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.
ROBERT BARNWELL, Sheaker of the
House of Reforesentatives.

Mn ACT to provide for the maintenance of Illegitimate children, and for other purposes therein mentioned. B', 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, That from and after the passing of this act, Thereput if any white woman be delivered of a bastard child o: or children, and shall, at any time after the birth ard child thereof, voluntarily give information to some ma*::::: gistrate of the county or parish in which she reit. sides, or shall be brought before such magistrate on the information, on oath, of any other person, that such child will become a burthen upon such county or parish, and will declare, on oath, who is the father of her child or children, then, and in that case, the magistrate before whom such accusation shall be made, shall issue a warrant to apprehend and bring before him or some other magistrate, the person so accused, who shall be obliged to enter into a recognizance, with two good and sufficient securities, in the penal sum of sixty pounds, conditioned for the annual payment of five pounds for the maintenance of the child; or should the woman have more than one at a birth, then, and in that case, ten pounds for the maintenance of the said children, until the age of twelve years, and to save harmless the parish or county; and should the person so accused, refuse to enter into such recognizance, he shall be committed to prison, there to remain until he shall enter into the stipulation herein before required; but should he be unable to comply with the requisitions herein be. fore mentioned; or should he deny that he is the father of the said child or children, then, and in that case, a jury shall be charged, either in the court of sessions or common pleas, or in the court of the county where the woman resides, to try the question, whether the person so accused, is or is not the father of such child or children; and should the jury be of opinion that he is not the father of such child or children, then, and in that case, he shall be discharged; but should the jury be of opinion the charge is well founded, and that he is the father of such child or children, then, should he not give the security herein before required, the court shall bind him out to service for any time not exceeding four years, and the proceeds of his labour shall be applied by the court to the purposes aforesaid. And be it further enacted by the authority afore-woman said, That when any woman who is charged with who has having had a bastard child or children, shall be". brought before a magistrate, and shall refuse to de- and resusclare, on oath, who is the father thereof, the ma-... gistrate aforesaid shall commit her to gaol until she ther, to be shall declare the same, or shall give security that the . said bastard child shall not become chargeable to “ the county or parish, wherein she resides. ...And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That wheneverit shall so happen, that neither wherepathe father nor mother of a bastard child shall be. able to support and maintain the same, the com-maintain missioners of the poor shall take care to assess and . levy upon the inhabitants of the county or parish, is . such reasonable rates and sums, on the principles of the of the general tax, as may be sufficient to maintain, #: support and educate such child or children; and for it. they are hereby vested with full powers to carry this provision into effect; and they shall lay before

Certain

conveyances of pro

perty declared void.

the superior or county courts, in their respective
districts, once in every year, a statement of their
proceedings and accounts in the execution of this
act; and the said commissioners of the poor are
hereby vested with full powers to superintend the
application of the monies paid, or secured to be
paid, agreeably to this act, and to put out and
bind as apprentices, at the proper age, the said
bastards, to suitable trades or occupations.
...And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid,
That if any person who is an inhabitant of this
state, or who hath an estate therein, shall have al-
ready begotten or shall hereafter beget any bastard
child, or shall live in adultery with a woman, the
said person having a wife or lawful children of his
own living, and ahall give, or settle, or convey,
either in trust or by direct conveyance, by deed
of gift, legacy, devise, or by any other way or
means whatsoever, for the use and benefit of the
said woman with whom he lives in adultery, or of
his bastard child or children, any larger or greater
proportion of the real clear value of his estate, real
or personal, after payment of his debts, than one-
fourth part thereof, such deed of gift, conveyance,
legacy or devise, made, or hereafter to be made,
shall be, and is hereby declared to be null and
void, for so much of the amount or value thereof
as shall or may exceed such fourth part of his real
and personal estate.
o be it further enacted by the authority afore-

Repealing said, That the act, entitled, “An act against bas

tardy,” and also and act, entitled, “An act to prevent the destroying and murthering of bastard children,” be, and the same are hereby repealed.

clause.

In the Senate House, the nineteenth Day of December, in
the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-five, and in the twentieth Year of the Indefen-
dence of the United States of America.
DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.
ROBERT BARNWELL, Sheaker of the
House of Reforesentatives.

...An ACT to incorporate the Academy of Columbia, and for other purposes therein mentioned. HEREAS Thomas Taylor, James Taylor, William Montgomery, George Wade and Benjamin Waring, trustees of the academy of * Columbia, have presented their petition to the legislature, praying that they, as trustees for the said academy, may be incorporated, and by law made a body politic, for the purpose of encouraging and promoting the education of youths, and praying for adequate funds to be granted them for the above laudable purpose: 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 Thomas Taylor, James Trustees Taylor, George Wade, William Montgomery ofthe aga. and Benjamin Waring, shalibe, and they are here. ..., by appointed trustees for the purpose herein men- incorpora. tioned and that the said trustees, and their suc- “. cessors, shall for ever hereafter be one body politic and corporate, in deed and in name, by the style of the trustees of the academy of Columbia, and by the said nati.e., 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 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. ...And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation shall be capable in law, to pur-Powers of chase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain thoopo. to itself, in perpetuity or for any term of years,” any lands, tenements or hereditaments, or other property of what kind or nature sover, and to sell, alien or lease the same, as they shall think proper; and also it shall and may be lawful for the said corPoration to take, accept and hold for ever, any charitable donations, devises or bequests of lands or

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