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HARTFORD, May 1st, 1857.
“GENERAL ASSEMBLY, MAY SESSION, 1856.
Resolved, That John HOOKER and J. JUDSON DIMOCK, both of Hartford,
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STATE OF CONNECTICUT,
(FROM 1837 TO 1856 INCLUSIVE.)
INCORPORATING "THE TRUSTEES OF THE BERKELEY DIVINITY SCHOOL.”
WHEREAS sundry inhabitants of this state, of the denomination of chris
tians 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 benetit 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 deférise, 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.
SEO. 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 tinie being, shall always be co: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.