Charitable uses or trusts have their origin in the Statutes of Charitable Uses,1 which enumerated the purposes for which charitable uses might be created as follows:

'The relief of aged, impotent, and poor people; the maintenance of maimed and sick soldiers and mariners; the support of schools of learning, free schools, and scholars of universities; repairs of bridges, ports, havens, causeways, churches, sea-banks, and highways; education and preferment of orphans; the relief, stock, and maintenance of houses of correction; marriage of poor maids; and help of young tradesmen, handicraftsmen, and persons decayed; relief or redemption of prisoners and captives; aid of poor inhabitants concerning payments of fifteenths, setting out of soldiers, and other taxes."

This statute has served as the basis of the law on this subject in the various states of this country.