Dec. Ses. 1816
made to be con-
enabled to sue,
— to have a
No member to
for losses, &c.
lative to a dis-
July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
seventeen, at some convenient place in the city of Baltimore, or
in the precincts thereof, and on the same day annually for ever
thereafter, and then and there elect the officers of the said socie-
ty, and enact such by-laws as may be necessary for assuring
and carrying into effect the benevolent purposes of this act; Pro.
vided such rules, regulations, and by-laws, be not repugnant to
the constitution and laws of the United States, of the state of
Maryland, or of the corporation of the city of Baltimore.
5. And be it enacted, That all appointments of officers for the
said society heretofore made by the members thereof in their pri-
vate capacities, shall respectively continue and be in full force
until the time specified by this act for the first election of officers
for the said corporation.
6. And be it enacted, That the said corporation, and their suc-
cessors, by the name aforesaid, shall be forever hereafter able
and capable in law to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded,
answer and be answered unto, defend and be defended, in all or
any courts of justice, and before all or any judges, officers, or
persons whatsoever, in all and singular actions, matters and de-
mands whatsoever, and that all legal process that may be here-
after instituted by the said corporation, shall be in the name of
the president and acting committee of the Union Beneficial So-
ciety of Baltimore, and that all process that may be hereafter in-
stituted against the said society shall be served on the president
on behalf of the same.
7. And be it enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the
said corporation, and their successors, forever hereafter, to have
a common seal for their use, and the same at the will and plea-
sure of them, and their successors, to change, alter, break and
make anew, from time to time, as they shall think best, and shall
in general have and exercise all such rights, franchises, privi-
leges and immunities, as are by law incident and necessary to cor-
porations of this kind, and which may be necessary to the corpo-
ration herein and hereby constituted and erected, to enable them
duly and fully in the law to execute all things touching and con-
cerning the design and intent of their said corporation, for the
benevolent succour, relief, and good order of its members, and
the widows and orphans of deceased members of the said society,
agreeably to the constitution and such rules and by-laws as may
be established by the said society.
8. And be it enacted, That no member of the said society shall,
in his individual capacity, be answerable for any losses, deficien-
cies or failures of the joint fund of the said society, for any more,
or larger sum or sums of money whatsoever, than to the current
amount by him payable into the common fund of the society.
9. And be it enacted, That if at any time it may be deemed
necessary to dissolve this society, a proposition to that effect
shall be laid on the table, in writing, at a stated meeting of the
society, and may be discussed at the next stated or special meet-
ing, but shall not be finally decided on until it has been two full
months before the society, and shall not take effect unless three
fourths of the members residing within the city and precincts of
Baltimore are in favour thereof.