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Memorials of the English affairs; or, An historical account of what passed from the beginning of the reign of Charles the First, to King Charles the Second his happy restauration. Containing the publick transactions, civil and military. Together with the private consultations and secrets of the cabinet by Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke

Les commentaries ou reports de Edmund Plowden un apprentice de le common ley, de divers cases esteant matters en ley.... by Edmund Plowden

Modern cases in law and equity. In two parts. Containing I. Reports of special cases argued and adjudged in the Court of King’s Bench, in the VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII years of King George I. [1721-1726] II. Cases argued and decreed in the High Court of Chancery, in the VII, IX, X and XI years of King George I. [1722-1724] To which are added, some special cases on appeals by Great Britain (Court of King's Bench)

Cyclopaedia ; or, An universal dictionary of arts and sciences ... The whole intended as a course of antient and modern learning, extracted from the best authors, dictionaries, journals, memoirs, transactions, ephemerides &c. in several languages. by Ephraim Chambers

Privilegia parliamentaria senatus consensu sublata. Being remarks upon the acts of Parliament ... for preventing inconveniences that may happen by privelege of Parliament by William Brown

Plusieurs tres-bons cases : come ils estoyent adjudgees es trois premiers ans [1624-1627] du raign du feu Roy Charles le Premier en la Court de bank le Roy, non encore publiees per aucun autre colligees per le feu scavant & tres-erudite homme monsieur Jean Latch ... avec deux tables ... publiees per Edward Walpoole by John Latch

Traité de la police, ou l'on trouvera l'histoire de son etablissement, les fonctions et les prerogatives de ses magistrats; toutes les loix et tous les reglemens qui la concernent. On y a joint une description historique et topographique de Paris, & huit plans gravez, qui representent son ancien etat & ses divers accroissemens, avec un recueil de tous les statuts et reglemens des six corps des marchands; & de toutes les communautez des arts & métiers by Nicolas de La Mare

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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


Real namePennsylvania General Assembly

LocationState Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

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Member sinceDec 22, 2008

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