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PASSED 1854.

HEREAS sundry inhabitants of this state, of the denomination of christians called the Protestant Episcopal Church, have represented, by their petition addressed to the general assembly, that great advantages would accrue to the said church, and they hope and believe to the interests of religion and morals in general, by the incorporation of a divinity school for the training and instruction of students for the sacred ministry in the church aforenamed; therefore,

SECTION 1. Resolved by this Assembly, That Thomas C. Brownell, John Williams, Daniel R. Goodwin, Frederick J. Goodwin, Thomas C. Pitkin, Jacob L. Clark, Edward S. Hall, Ebenezer Jackson, William T. Lee, Charles A. Lewis, Leverett Candee, and their successors, be, and the same hereby are constituted a body politic and corporate forever, by the name of the Trustees of the Berkeley Divinity School, and by that name shall and may have continual succession hereafter, and shall be able in law to sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, defend and be defended, in all courts and places whatsoever, and may have a common seal, and may change and alter the same at

their pleasure; and also shall be able in law to take, by purchase, gift, grant, devise, or in any other manner, and to hold any real and personal estate whatsoever: provided always, that the clear yearly value of the real estate to be so acquired shall not exceed the sum of ten thousand dollars; and also that they and their successors shall have power to give, grant, bargain, sell, convey, or otherwise dispose of, all or any part of the said real and personal estate, as to them shall seem best for the interests of said school.

SEC. 2. That the said trustees and their successors shall forever hereafter have full power and authority to direct and manage the funds for the benefit of the institution, and also to prescribe and direct the course of study, and the discipline to be observed in the said school; and also to select and appoint a dean of the said school, and such professor or professors, and other officer or officers, as to the said trustees shall seem meet, all of whom shall hold their office during the pleasure of the trustees: provided always, that no dean or professor shall be dismissed by the trustees, without cause previously stated to him in writing, and a full opportunity allowed him for his.defense, and by the concurrence of at least two-thirds of the trustees.:

SEC. 3. That any five of the said trustees, lawfully convened, as hereinafter directed, shall be a quorum for the dispatch of all business, except for the disposal of real estate, or for the choice of a dean, or for the election of a trustee or professor, for either of which purposes there shall be present at least seven of the trustees.

SEC. 4. That the bishop of the Protestant Episcopal church in the diocese of Connecticut for the time being, shall always be ex-officio president of the board of trustees, and of the school; and that the president of Trinity College, Hartford, and the rector of the oldest episcopal parish in the city of Middletown, each for the time being, shall always be

officio members of the board of trustees; and that a secretary of the Board shall be elected by the trustees, to hold his office during their pleasure.

SEC. 5. That the said trustees shall be eleven in number, six of whom shall always be clergymen, and five laymen of the said Protestant Episcopal church; and that upon the death, removal out of the state, or other vacancy of the place or places, of any trustee or trustees, the convention of the Protestant Episcopal church in the diocese of Connecticut, which shall meet next after such vacancy or vacancies shall happen, shall supply the said vacancy or vacancies, by the choice or election by ballot, of a person or persons to fill the same: provided always, that in case the said convention shall at its first meeting after such vacancy, neglect to make such election, the remaining trustees shall have power to elect a person or persons to fill the vacancy or vacancies aforesaid.

SEC. 6. That the said trustees, shall have power to meet from time to time, upon their own adjournment, and so often as they shall be summoned by their president, or in his absence, by the senior trustee, whose seniority shall be accounted according to the order in which the said trustees are named in this act, and shall be elected hereafter; provided always, that the said president or senior trustee shall cause notice of the time and place of the said meeting to be given in such manner as the trustees shall in their by-laws prescribe.

SEC. 7. That the said trustees and their successors shall have full power and authority to make all ordinances and by-laws, which to them shall seem expedient, for carrying into effect the designs of their institution: provided always, that none of the by-laws as aforesaid, shall be inconsistent with the constitution and laws of this state, or with the constitution and the laws of the United States.

SEC. 8. That the funds belonging to this institution now incorporated, or which may at any time belong to it, shall enjoy the like exemption from taxation, as has already been granted to Yale and Trinity colleges.

SEC. 9. That whenever funds shall be contributed or secured to the said school, to the amount of forty thousand dollars, and not before, the trustees may proceed to organize and establish the said school in the city of Middletown in this state; and any two of the said trustees may call the first meeting of the corporation at such time and place as they may appoint, by publishing notice thereof in one of the newspapers printed in Hartford or Middletown at least fifteen days before such first meeting.

SEC. 10. That this act or any part thereof may be altered, amended or repealed by the general assembly.


PASSED 1843.

WHEREAS, a number of individuals of New Haven, wishing to extend the blessings of education to children of parents whose means were inadequate to give them a common school education, or to clothe and otherwise fit them to take the benefit of the school fund of this state, contributed among themselves, and in connection with others, erected a school house upon land which they were suffered to occupy for that purpose, and in which a charity school has for several years past been kept;and whereas, said benevolent individuals, for the more complete fulfillment of their humane purposes, have brought their petition for an act of incorporation to this general assembly, praying, for reasons therein set forth, that they may be incorporated,

Resolved by this Assembly, That Wealthy Beecher, Eliza C. Hubbard, Jane S. Haughton, Mary L. Hillhouse, Olivia Day, Julia W. Goodrich, Henrietta Whitney and Emily Baldwin, and such persons as are, or may hereafter be associated with them, be, and they hereby are with their successors, constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name of the Broadway Charity School Society ;" and by that name may sue and be sued, answer and be answered, defend and be defended in all courts whatsoever, and may have and use a common seal and alter the same at pleasure, and shall be capable in law of purchasing, holding and conveying any real or personal estate for the use and benefit of said society; provided, that the society shall at no time hold real estate to a greater

amount than two thousand dollars.

SEC. 2. That said society shall have power to make such by-laws, rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry into effect the objects of the society, not repugnant to the constitution or laws of this state, or the United States.

SEC. 3. That said society may elect such officers, and in such manner as their constitution and by-laws shall prescribe; and that the present officers of said society shall continue in office until others are chosen in their stead.

SEC. 4. Said society shall not have power by any thing contained in this act of incorporation, to use any of its funds for banking operations. SEC. 5. This charter may be altered, amended or repealed at the pleasure of the general assembly.


PASSED 1850.

Upon the petition of John P. C. Mather and others, trustees under the will of Leonard H. Bulkeley, brought in compliance with a request in said will:

SEC. 1. Resolved by this Assembly, That Nathan Belcher, William C. Crump, John P. C. Mather, Henry P. Haven, and Nathaniel S. Perkins, Jun., all of the city of New London, be, and they are hereby constituted and established a body politic and corporate, by the name of the Trustees of Bulkeley School, and by that name, they and their successors shall and may have perpetual succession, shall be capable of sueing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, may have a common seal and may alter the same at pleasure, and may also purchase, receive, hold and convey any estate, real or personal.

SEC. 2. All the estate devised and bequeathed to the persons herein before by name incorporated, by Leonard H. Bulkeley, late of said city, deceased, in trust for the establishment and maintenance of a school in said city, is hereby vested and confirmed in and to the said corporation.

SEC. 3. It shall be the duty of the said corporation, from time to time, as the same shall be collected and received to invest the net proceeds of the rents, income, interest and profits of the said estate, devised and bequeathed to them as aforesaid by the said Bulkeley, as to them shall seem prudent and profitable, until the value of the whole estate in their hands, exclusive of forty-five shares of the capital stock of the Union Bank in New London, parcel of said estate, shall amount to the sum of fifty thousand dollars, and then to purchase a lot of land in said city, and erect thereon a substantial building, suitable for the purposes hereinafter mentioned, and to be always used for such purposes, at an expense to said estate for land and building of not more than seven thousand dollars; and from the time of the erection and completion of said building, to expend

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