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PRINTING HOUSE V. TRUSTEES, 104 U. S. 711 (1881)

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Printing House v. Trustees, 104 U.S. 711 (1881)

Printing House v. Trustees

104 U.S. 711


1. A corporation was created in one state to promote a benevolent enterprise, and its charter provided that the presidents of institutions organized in other states of the Union to collect funds to aid it should constitute a board of visitors, with absolute supervisory control over its affairs. In another state, such an institution was formed. The trustees thereof reserved the right, in conjunction with the presidents of other similar boards, to supervise and administer the affairs of the original corporation in accordance with its charter, and collected a fund to be applied in aid of it. A fundamental change was subsequently made in the charter whereby the visitorial rights of the auxiliary institutions were materially changed. The contributors to the fund demanded a return of it upon the ground that the conditions upon which it had been advanced were not performed, and the corporation brought suit against the institution to recover it. Held that the suit could not be maintained.

2. Section 9 of the amended charter of the corporation (infra, p. 104 U. S. 721) changed essentially the constitution and powers of the board of visitors, as created and defined by sec. 10 of the original charter (infra, p. 104 U. S. 717).

3. The general doctrine relating to charities and to the jurisdiction of a court of chancery over them has no application to this case.

The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.

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