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Reports in the Court of Exchequer, beginning in the third, and ending in the ninth year of the raign of the late King James. By the Honourable Richard Lane...Being the first collections in that court hitherto extant. Containing severall cases of informations upon intrusion, touching the King’s prerogative, revenue and government, with divers incident resolutions of publique concernment in points of law... by Sir Richard Lane

Les reports de Sir Gefrey Palmer, chevalier & baronet ... [1619- 1629] Imprime & publie per l'original. Ovesque deux tables, l’un des nosmes des cases, l’auter des principal matters conteinus en yceux by Sir Gefrey Palmer

Reports of select cases in all the court of Westminster-Hall : also the opinion of all the judges of England relating to the grandest prerogative of the royal family, and some observations relating to the prerogative of a queen consort by the Right Honourable John Lord Fortescue by John Fortescue

The works of the honourable Robert Boyle. In five volumes. To which is prefixed the life of the author by Robert Boyle

Firma burgi, or, An historical essay concerning the cities, towns and buroughs of England. Taken from records by Thomas Madox

The history of the rebellion and civil wars in England, begun in the year 1641. With the precedent passages, and actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy end, and conslusion thereof by the king's blessed restoration, and return upon the 29th of May, in the year 1660 by Earl Edward Hyde of Clarendon

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About meThe Pennsylvania General Assembly was founded during the early colonial period. Today it is the legislative branch of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania's government.

About my libraryThe Pennsylvania General Assembly Collection was the 422-volume library of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Currently residing in the Rare Books Room of the State Library of Pennsylvania, the General Assembly Collection slipped out of history after its move from Philadelphia to Harrisburg in the early years of the 19th century. It was only in the 1960s that dedicated researchers from Independence National Historic Park and the State Library of Pennsylvania realized the historical value of this collection, and that all of the volumes were still together.

The first books in the collection, the 'Statutes at Large,' were purchased after the Assembly directed its clerk, Benjamin Franklin, in 1745 to buy some law books and maps for their use. Starting in 1752, the Assembly's Speaker, Isaac Norris II, worked to purchase further books for the collection. Norris and Franklin purchased the books from dealers in London.

In following years, the books were boxed up and moved several times to protect them from war, and to follow the Assembly. Both General Assembly and its library moved to Harrisburg in 1812.

The books in this virtually intact colonial-era library are the core of today's State Library of Pennsylvania. Much of the Assembly Collection was conserved during 2007-2008 at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (Philadelphia, PA) under a prestigious "Save America's Treasures" grant. "Save America's Treasures" is a public-private partnership between the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

GroupsLibraries of Early America

Homepagehttp://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us

Real namePennsylvania General Assembly

LocationState Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

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Member sinceDec 22, 2008

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