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GENERAL STATUTES

OF THE

STATE OF NEW YORK; &C.

PART II.

RIGHTS OF PROPERTY AND OF PERSONS.

CHAPTER I.

Real Property.

CHAP. 174.
AN ACT in relation to certain trusts.
PASSED April 15, 1839.
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate
and Assembly, do enact as follows:

deeds of

any Shaker

$1. All deeds of trust in relation to real and personal Certain estate executed and delivered prior to the first day of January, trust for eighteen hundred and thirty, to any persons in trusts for any society united society of the people commonly called Shakers, shall valid. be valid and effectual to vest in the trustees the legal estates and interests purported to be conveyed by such deeds, to and for the uses and purposes declared therein, or declared by any declaration of trusts executed by such trustees in the same manner and to the same effect as before the first day of January, eighteen hundred and thirty; and such legal estate Estates and trusts, and all the legal authority with which the original tinued. trustees were vested by virtue of their appointment and con

may be con

PART II.

Such trusts may be created hereafter.

S2. Trusts of real and personal estate for the benefit of any United Society of the people called Shakers, may hereafter be created for the use of the members of any such society, according to the religious constitution of such society; and the legal estates of any property so held in trust shall be vested in the trustees and in those to whom such property may be transmitted in trust by the appointment of any such society, so long as may be required for the objects and purLimitation poses of such trusts. But no society shall become beneficially interested in any real or personal property, or acquire any equitable right or interest in any such property, either directly or indirectly, the annual value or income of which after deducting necessary expenses, shall exceed twenty-five thousand dollars, on pain of forfeiture of the privileges conferred by this act nor shall any trustee be a trustee of more than one such society at the same time.

of value of property.

Meaning of "society."

Right to repeal.

ferred powers, shall forever descend in regular succession to their successors in office and trust, who in conformity to the constitution of said society have been duly chosen and appointed.

Former trusts for Friends, valid.

As amended by Laws of 1849, ch. 373.
27 B., 386; 17 B., 105.

As amended by Laws of 1852, ch. 203.

3. The word "society," for the purpose of the preceding section, shall be construed and understood to mean and include all persons of the religious belief of the people called Shakers, resident within the same county.

S 4. The legislature may at any time alter, modify or repeal this act.

CHAP. 184.

AN ACT in relation to trusts for the benefit of the meet-
ings of the religious society of Friends.
PASSED April 17, 1839.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows :

$1. All deeds or declarations of trusts of real or personal estate, heretofore executed and delivered to any person or persons, in trust, or for the use and benefit of any meeting of the religious society of Friends, and the trusts thereby created or declared, shall be valid; and the legal estates may be transmitted, and the trusts so created or declared may be continued and pursued, so long as may be required for the purposes of the trusts, by conveyances from the trustees named in such deeds to other trustees appointed by such meeting, and by conveyances from them to others appointed in like manner or otherwise, according to the directions of such meeting.

31 B., 563; 27 B., 387; 17 B., 106.

CHAP. I.

$2. Trusts of real or personal estate, for the benefit of any such trusts meeting of the religious society of Friends, may be hereafter may be created for the use of such meeting, according to the regula- created. tions and rules of discipline of said society; and the legal estate of any property so held in trust shall be vested in the trustees, and in those to whom such property may be conveyed in trust, by the appointment of any such meeting, so long as may be required for the objects and purposes of such trusts but nothing contained in this act shall be so construed Proviso. as to impair or diminish the rights of any person, meeting or association of persons, claiming to be a meeting of the religious society of Friends, which such person, or meeting or association of persons claiming to be a meeting as aforesaid, had either in law or equity to or in any real or personal estate, held in trust for the use and benefit of any meeting of the said religious society, prior to the division which took place in said religious society at the yearly meeting held in the city of New York, in the month of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty-eight; and nothing in this act contained shall authorize any real or personal estate to be held in trust for any meeting of such society, the annual value or income of which shall exceed five thousand dollars.

CHAP. 318.

AN ACT authorizing certain trusts.

PASSED May 14, 1840.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

§ 1. Real and personal property may be granted and con- Property veyed to any incorporated college or other literary incorpo- granted to rated institution in this state, to be held in trust for either of rary insti the following purposes:

tutions in trust.

1. To establish and maintain an observatory.

2. To found and maintain professorships and scholarships. 3. To provide and keep in repair a place for the burial of the dead; or

4. For any other specific purposes comprehended in the general objects authorized by their respective charters. The said trusts may be created, subject to such conditions and visitations as may be prescribed by the grantor or donor, and agreed to by said trustees, and all property which shall hereafter be granted to any incorporated college or other literary incorporated institution in trust for either of the aforesaid purposes, may be held by such college or institution upon such trusts, and subject to such conditions and visitations as may be prescribed and agreed to as aforesaid.

17 B., 105; 9 B., 99, 324.

PART IL

To corpora

tions of cities or villages.

For use of common

schools.

Trusts, how long to continue.

$ 2. Real and personal estate may be granted and conveyed to the corporation of any city or village of this state, to be held in trust for any purpose of education, or the diffusion of knowledge, or for the relief of distress, or for parks, gardens, or other ornamental grounds, or grounds for the purposes of military parades and exercise, or health and recreation, within or near such incorporated city or village, upon such conditions as may be prescribed by the grantor or donor, and agreed to by such corporation; and all real estate so granted or conveyed to such corporation, may be held by the same, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed and agreed to as aforesaid.

15 B., 147.

S 3. Real and personal estate may be granted to commissioners of common schools of any town, and to trustees of any school district, in trust for the benefit of the common schools of such town, or for the benefit of the schools of such district. S4. The trusts authorized by this act may continue for such time as may be necessary to accomplish the purposes for which they may be created.

CHAP. 261.

AN ACT in addition to the "Act authorizing certain trusts," passed May 14, 1840.

PASSED May 26, 1841.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Devise and bequest in

$1. Devises and bequests of real and personal property in trust to be trust, for any of the purposes for which such trusts are autho

as valid as a conveyance.

rized under the "act authorizing certain trusts," passed. May 14, 1840, and to such trustees as are therein authorized, shall be valid in like manner as if such property had been granted and conveyed according to the provisions of the aforesaid act.

17 B., 106; 15 B., 147; 9 B., 99, 343.

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