A Petition was presented to the House from sundry Members of the Episcopal Church in Saint George's parish, Dorchester, which was received and read, praying to be incorporated.
The petition of the Subscribers and Freeholders, Members of the Episcopal Church in the parish of St. George Dorchester, Humbly Sheweth, That the Church and Free-School buildings were wantonly destroyed & burnt down by the British Soldiery and their adherents during their operations in this State, whereby your petitioners are prevented from attending divine Worship therein and from procuring a Minister, Masters and Teachers for the Free-School: They also shew that by the last Will and Testament of several pious, Charitable and well disposed Persons, divers sums of Money was given for the maintenance of a Minister, Teacher &c. And those pious and good intentions wou'd be more fully carried into execution if the Vestry & Church Wardens Elected or to be Elected by the said Inhabitants and Freeholders were Incorporated. They therefore pray that the Vestry and Church Wardens Elected or to be Elected by the said Inhabitants and Freeholders may be Incorporated and made one Body politic and Corporate in Law and Vested with all the powers, priviledges and immunities, which any of their Sister Churches enjoy.
Your petitioners further pray that the said Vestry and Church Wardens may be vested with all the powers, priviledges, and immunities which the Commissioners were intitled to Act for founding and erecting. Governing and Ordering & visiting a Free School in the town of Dorchester in the parish of St. George in Berkeley-County for the use of the Inhabitants of South Carolina. And Your petitioners will ever pray &c.

[As printed in Stevens and Allen, Journals of the House of Representatives, 1789 - 1790, 17-18]

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